Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Not the End

Today, on 30th September 2014, the preparatory phase project "EISCAT_3D – Europe's Next-Generation Radar for Atmospheric and Geospace Science" ends after four years. The project was funded by the European Commission under the Framework 7 programme. The results of the project are summarised in a set of Milestones and Deliverables, which are publicly available on the project web site.

The EISCAT Scientific Association will now continue the work towards securing funding for EISCAT_3D, and negotiations with interested parties are on-going. Given that funding is in place, EISCAT_3D will enter the implementation phase, the main tasks of which are to work with the relevant industries towards manufacturing of components, to acquire land and obtain permissions for construction, and to finalise the frequency allocation.

With the end of the current project, also this blog, which has been an independent community effort, is coming to an end, and the Twitter and Facebook feeds will not be updated anymore. We thank all our readers for their interest and all contributors for their input.

Please follow future updates on EISCAT and EISCAT_3D related developments on the respective web sites www.eiscat.se and www.eiscat3d.se, or indeed come and join us at the next EISCAT_3D User Meeting, which will take place in Uppsala, Sweden, 6th to 7th May 2015.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A Bit of Fun with Colleagues

At the end of the EISCAT_3D End-Of-Project meeting, there was time for a bit of fun. EISCAT Director Craig Heinselman demonstrated his drone to us. The photo above is taken by the drone, hovering behind yours truly. You can watch a short clip of the film footage on Craig's gallery site.

The drone took a picture of me, just while I took a picture of Craig flying the drone (right) and Esa Turunen (left), who was the Director of EISCAT before Craig.

 Then Craig told me to turn around and made me aware of the drone behind me, and I took this final photo.  You can watch the whole sequence from the drone's point of view by clicking on the link to the video above.

Photos: Craig Heinselman and Thomas Ulich.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

EISCAT_3D Science Case

The final version of the EISCAT_3D Science Case document (Deliverable 3.6) is now available on the EISCAT_3D web site. The document is the result of four years of work of Work Package 3 of the FP7 EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase project. Several expert teams on various topics new to the classic incoherent scatter ionospheric work of EISCAT have been convened. The result is a document detailing the exciting science topics to be tackled by the EISCAT_3D radar, which will be the first true vector-volumetric radar of its kind.

Monday, 15 September 2014


Our colleagues of the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory (SGO) built the Kilpisjärvi Atmospheric Imaging Receiver Array (KAIRA) in 2011 in support of the EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase project. Already before the actual construction began, the colleagues involved in KAIRA began to blog about their efforts. During the most active times of construction, they published up to three articles per day on their blog. The KAIRA blog also provide a unique insight in a scientists daily life, with reports from various locations, travel to meetings, and quirky events. Now, on Friday, 12th September 2014, the last blog post was published on KAIRA marking the publication of the so-called KAIRA Technical Paper describing the facility. The KAIRA blog will remain in place, but it won't be updated anymore. At the same time, our SGO colleagues started a new blog about SGO activities in general, and future news on KAIRA will be published there.

Friday, 12 September 2014

EISCAT_3D End-Of-Project Meeting

The End-Of-Project meeting is coming to an end, we heard presentations from all work packages, had a lot of interesting discussions. We had 27 participants coming from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Japan, and the UK.

Photo: Craig Heinselman.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

EISCAT_3D End-of-Project meeting underway in Kiruna

The EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase Project, funded within the EC Framework 7 programme, is coming to an end. The project began in October 2010 and will end at the end of September 2014. Currently there's the so-called "end-of-project" meeting underway in Kiruna, Sweden, hosted by EISCAT Headquarters.

During the project, the results of all 14 work packages are presented to the project participants. The meeting then concludes with a public presentation of the project, its results, and future outlook. These are reported in a large set of Deliverables, which are publicly available on the EISCAT_3D website.

Needless to say, "end-of-project" refers to the current preparatory phase project only, the EISCAT_3D endeavour as a whole of course continues!

Photo of Kiruna Space Campus by Mikko Orispää (@morispaa).

Friday, 8 August 2014

ISR School: Beach

You must be wondering about this by now: the Joint US-EISCAT Incoherent Radar School went to Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and they didn't go to the beach???

Well, of course we did! At least most of us. After running radar experiments on the Arecibo ISR (and with Sondrestrom, PFISR, and EISCAT also running in a large support effort) all night on Tuesday straight until breakfast on Wednesday, everyone was carted off to the nearest beach to chill out, swim, sleep, take a break. The programme resumed some time in the afternoon with analysing the night's radar data.

So here are some photos from the beach (at Hatillo), actually taken on the previous day during a mission to scout out the location. The first photo is the view from the hotel in which the teachers stayed, and you can just see the ocean in the distance. The other photos speak for themselves.

With these thoughts of Caribbean waters and rolling waves we wish all of you a very good weekend!

Photos: Thomas Ulich.