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Last updated: September 12, 2022 by Emma Unander

EISCAT_3D an international research infrastructure

EISCAT_3D will be an international research infrastructure, using radar observations and the incoherent scatter technique for studies of the atmosphere and near-Earth space environment above the Fenno-Scandinavian Arctic as well as for support of the solar system and radio astronomy sciences. The radar system is designed to investigate how the Earth’s atmosphere is coupled to space but it will also be suitable for a wide range of other scientific targets for e.g space weather forecasts and detecting space debris.

EISCAT_3D project leader Johan Svensson, standing by on of the Antenna units (AU) at the first EISCAT_3D test site in Tromsø.
EISCAT_3D project leader Johan Svensson, standing by on of the Antenna units (AU) at the first EISCAT_3D test site in Tromsø. (Actual design of the EISCAT_3D sites and the AUs may differ from test site, pictures and illustrations.)

EISCAT_3D will be operated by EISCAT Scientific Association and hence be an integral part of an organization that has successfully operated incoherent scatter radars for more than thirty years.

Status of the Project

The Antenna Units (AU), one if them seen on the picture above, are beeing shipped to a port in northern Norway. Scheduled to arrive mid September. After arrival the AUs will be loaded onto trucks and dispatced to the EISCAT_3D sites in Norway, Finland and Sweden.

Thereafter the installation process will begin, starting with Skibotn.

Visit the EISCAT_3D FAQ-section for more information.

Implementation

Stage 1: Three sites
Stage 2: Transmitter upgrade to 10 MW
Stage 3: Adding a fourth site
Stage 4: Fifth site added
The first stage is now being constructed and will be ready for use in 2023. The system will be fully implemented when Stage 4 has been completed.


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