Welcome to SuperDARN!
SuperDARN stands for Super Dual Auroral Radar Network. The network consists of more than 30 low-power HF radars that look into Earth's upper atmosphere beginning at mid-latitudes and extending into the polar regions. The radars operate continuously and observe the motion of charged particles (plasma) in the ionosphere and other effects that provide scientists with information on Earth's space environment. The knowledge gained from this work provides insight into space weather hazards including radiation exposure for high-altitude travelers and disruptions to communication networks, navigation systems (GPS), and electrical power grids.

The SuperDARN Research Group at Virginia Tech (VT) collaborates with an international community of scientists and engineers to operate radars and share data. The VT Group operates five radars. For a summary of the radars and their affiliations, visit the Radar Maps/Tables/Links web page.

U.S. SuperDARN Collaboration
The U.S. component of SuperDARN is funded by the National Science Foundation under the Space Weather Research (SWR) Program as a collaboration between Virginia Tech (lead institution), Dartmouth College, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). Click logos for access to the web sites of the U.S. SuperDARN partners.




Web page opens for SuperDARN 2016 Workshop at Fairbanks, Alaska, 29 May - June 3

By: miker  on: Tue., Dec. 22, 2015 04:34 PM EST  (537 Reads)
The SuperDARN 2016 Workshop will be held at Fairbanks, Alaska on May 29 - June 3, hosted by the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Scientists, students, and engineers will gather to discuss radar operations and shared research interests. The organizer for the meeting is Roman Makarevich and the UAF SuperDARN PI is Bill Bristow. The webpage for the Workshop, located at http://superdarn2016.gi.alaska.edu(external link)
lists vital info regarding travel, accomodations, and a provisional program with registration details to be announced. Note the following deadlines:
Abstracts: April 11, 2016
Accommodation: April 27, 2016
Registration: April 27, 2016

SuperDARN Supports Multiple Campaigns

By: ksterne  on: Thu., Nov. 05, 2015 02:45 PM EST  (399 Reads)
Starting in late September 2015, SuperDARN started a new campaign in order to support data being collected on the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission launched by NASA. In addition, the SuperDARN network has been scheduling modes to support new-moon periods over North America to collaborate with all-sky imagers in this area. Lastly, the SuperDARN network continues to identify and schedule periods where the Van Allen probe footprints are within SuperDARN radar field-of-views.

For a link to the web site for the Spacecraft Working Group click here
http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-index.php?page=Spacecraft+Working+Group&no_bl=y(external link)

New Institute for Nagoya-based SuperDARN researchers

By: miker  on: Thu., Oct. 29, 2015 03:01 PM EDT  (621 Reads)
Effective, October 1, 2015, The institute previously known as the Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory of Nagoya University has been replaced by a new institute called

Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University

The institute director is Prof. Shinobu Machida. The short form of the institute name is ISEE. The web page for the new institute can be found at http://www.isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp/en/index.html(external link)

We congratulate our SuperDARN colleagues on their appointments to the new institute!


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Blackstone Trip, Jan. 2016

By: ksterne  on: Wed., Jan. 27, 2016 11:07 AM EST  (836 Reads)
Shortly before the winter break, the internet connection to the radar site went down. Being patient since the availability of people to check on it would probably be low, the connection remained off over the two week winter break. However, our local contact was able to check on the connection for us and noted that the Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) power supply had melted and thus the internet connection was broken. The damage to the PoE unit and the RJ45 connector can be seen in the picture. In order to keep the linux computer’s hard drive from filling up, a trip to the radar site was made to restore the connection. In addition, this trip would be used to install the newly acquired and configured linux computer.

Blackstone Trip, Dec. 2015

By: ksterne  on: Tue., Dec. 22, 2015 02:38 PM EST  (1003 Reads)
With two visitors from the National Space Science Center (NSSC) in China visiting the Blacksburg lab for two weeks, a trip to the radar site was planned in order to show the visitors the operations and common testing of a working radar site. The visitors, Jiaojiao Zhang and Ailan Lan, as well as Muhammad Rafiq (VT doctoral candidate) and Kevin Sterne made a trip to the site in December. This trip would also serve as wrapping up some loose ends before the end of the year. These loose ends included reinstalling the SmartUPS that needed a new battery after it failed over the summer. Lastly, the Reverse Beacon Network receiver would be disassembled and taken back to the Blacksburg lab as the equipment had been setup on a temporary basis for testing at a radar site. The receiving antenna on top of a stack of antenna poles shortly before it was disassembled is seen in the picture.
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