Friday, 29 July 2011

KAIRA Antenna Deployment Complete

In Finland, a large EISCAT_3D support action is underway: a so-called LOFAR remote station is being deployed in Kilpisjärvi by the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory (SGO), and financed by the University of Oulu and an EISCAT_3D development project under the European Regional Development Programme.

Construction of the Kilpisjärvi Atmospheric Imaging Receiver Array (KAIRA) began on 6th June with the preparation of the ground, and the first LOFAR High-Band Array (HBA) elements arrived on 4th July. Last week, while many of us were in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, for the International Incoherent Scatter Radar Workshop, the KAIRA team finished the deployment of all 48 HBA tiles. The progress of their work is documented comprehensively in the KAIRA blog. The photo above shows the state of the KAIRA site on 21st July after all tiles were in place.

The next step for the KAIRA team is the cabling work. In the meantime, a container has arrived, which houses all of the on-site computing power needed, and the HBA elements need to be connected to this container. Please follow the KAIRA blog for updates on this.

With this photo we wish all of you a nice weekend!

Photo: Markku Postila; click for a larger version.

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