Friday, 2 August 2013

ISR School: Millstone Hill Incoherent Scatter Radar

On the third day of excursions during the ISR School, he had a tour of the Millstone Hill Incoherent Scatter Radar, i.e. the facility, which brought us to have the school at the MIT Haystack Observatory. The radar operates at 440 MHz with a peak power of 2.5 MW. On of the great advantages of this radar is its large observational range: it is located atop of the hill, and can measure at very low elevation, giving it an exceptional reach.

The movable dish has a diameter of 46 metres and was added to the facility in 1978. In the foreground, Bill Rideout is waiting for a good photo opportunity of the group on the opposite site of the road. Bill is one of the instructors of the school and the main developer of the Madrigal database, which holds the world's incoherent scatter radar data.

Phil Erickson, one of the instructors of the ISR School, showed us around the facility. Here he explains the wave guide to the group of participants. Both ISR dishes are in the background: closer by the zenith dish, in the background the movable dish.

Photos: Thomas Ulich.

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