Deliverable 7.3: Prototype signal processing unit

This Deliverable is a collation of material indicating the technological readiness of the signal processing systems being proposed and evaluated for EISCAT development for the forthcoming EISCAT 3D project. The head part of this report serves as an introduction for the collected annexes, which contain the component reports.

End of Project Summary Meeting (10 - 12 September 2014)

Group photo at the end-of-project meeting

The EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase End of Project Summary Meeting was held 10 - 12 September at Space Campus Kiruna, Sweden. The meeting consisted of an EISCAT_3D General Assembly meeting, an EISCAT_3D All-Hands meeting and a public Project Summary presentation.

The programme for the meeting, including links to some of the presentations:

Wednesday 10 September 2014
8th General Assembly meeting
Closed meeting. Room: Mimasalen
15:00 – 18:00 EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase general Assembly meeting
19:00 Meeting dinner at restaurant SpiS

Thursday 11 September 2014
End of project meeting
Open meeting. Room: Aulan
09:00 – 09:10 Welcome (Craig Heinselman)
09:10 – 09:25 Project management and reporting (Henrik Andersson)
09:25 – 09:40 Legal and logistical issues (Lars-Göran Vanhainen)
Coffee break
10:00 – 10:15 Science planning and user engagement (Anita Aikio)
10:15 – 10:30 Outreach activities (Anders Tjulin)
10:30 – 10:45 Consortium building (Ingrid Mann)
10:45 – 11:00 Performance specification (Craig Heinselman)
11:00 – 11:15 Handbook of measurement principles (Markku Lehtinen)
11:15 – 11:30 Signal processing (Derek McKay Bukowski)
11:30 – 11:45 Antenna, front end and time synchronization (Jonny Johansson)
11:45 – 12:00 Discussion time
13:00 – 13:15 Transmitter development (Assar Westman)
13:15 – 13:30 Aperture synthesis imaging radar (Cesar La Hoz)
13:30 – 13:45 Software theory and implementation (Mikko Orispää)
13:45 – 14:00 System control (Jussi Markkanen)
14:00 – 14:15 Data handling and distribution (Mats Nylén)
14:15 – 14:30 Technical integration and production issues (Craig Heinselman)
14:30 – 14:40 Discussion time
Coffee break
15:00 – 15:30 Conclusions from the Preparatory Phase (Ingrid Mann)
15:30 – 16:00 What will happen now? (Craig Heinselman)
16:00 – 17:00 Discussion time
18:30 End of project banquet at restaurant Ripan

Friday 12 September 2014
Project summary
Public presentation. Room: Aulan
09:00 – 09:40 EISCAT_3D: the next generation incoherent scatter radar for scientific research (Craig Heinselman, EISCAT)
09:40 – 10:00 EISCAT_3D: Arctic Research Infrastructure for Geospace Environment and Atmosphere (Esa Turunen, SGO)
10:00 – 10:20 EISCAT_3D: the view from Swedish Institute of Space Physics (Lars Eliasson, IRF)
10:20 – 10:40 EISCAT_3D in Norway (Cesar La Hoz, UiT)
10:40 – 11:00 EISCAT_3D and the e-infrastructure challenges (Jacko Koster, SNIC)

The 6th EISCAT_3D User Meeting: Uppsala, 12-14 May 2014

The 6th user meeting for the EISCAT_3D project took place in Uppsala, Sweden, on May 12-14, 2014. The focus of the meeting was on complementary measurements.

Group photo at the 6th EISCAT_3D Users Meeting

For more information please see the meeting web page:

The programme contained the following presentations, most of which available for download by clicking the title:

Practical information (Stephan Buchert)
Opening and welcome (Craig Heinselman)
Special topic: Complementary measurements and EISCAT_3D
EISCAT_3D science and complementary instrumentation (Ian McCrea)
Complementary measurements — Some ground-based experiences from IRF (Urban Brändström)
ESPAS as a platform for access to EISCAT data and complementary ground-based and satellite observations (Carl-Fredrik Enell)
Spectrographic and multi wavelength optical support for EISCAT_3D (Robert Fear)
What can multi-constellation GNSS measurements do for EISCAT_3D? (Kjellmar Oksavik)
Heating experiments as a complement to EISCAT measurements (Mike Rietveld)
Simultaneous observations of polar mesosphere summer/winter echoes with EISCAT and MST radars (Evgenia Belova)
MIRACLE optical measurements (Noora Partamies)
Japanese plans of ground-based and in-situ measurements related to EISCAT_3D (movie) (Yasunobu Ogawa)
SEAM: Small Explorer for Advanced Missions (Nickolay Ivchenko)
Swarm satellites and IS radar, a global 2 1/2-d instrument for the ionosphere (Stephan Buchert)
General EISCAT and EISCAT_3D science: New results and future plans
EISCAT_3D Science Case - Future challenges (Anita Aikio)
Probing the ionosphere with broadband low-frequency observations of ionospheric scintillation (Richard Fallows)
Benefits of combining ISR and optical data - for improvements of standard ISR data products! (Björn Gustavsson)
Climate relevant couplings between geospace environment and atmosphere (Esa Turunen)
Incoherent scatter measurements with KAIRA and EISCAT VHF (Ilkka Virtanen)
EISCAT UHF quadriphase-coded experiments (Lassi Roininen)
Studies of objects in near-Earth space using optical and radar measurements (Jenni Virtanen)
Photometric and ionization masses of meteors with simultaneousEISCAT UHF radar and intensified video observations (Johan Kero)
COOPEUS: The project and the future (Anders Tjulin)
EISCAT data levels, data products and access: Current EISCAT and EISCAT_3D (Carl-Fredrik Enell)
Big data and EISCAT (Ingemar Häggström)
EISCAT_3D – Dealing with the data, a long term perspective (Mats Nylén)
EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase project: Current status and future plans
Specifications of a proposed EISCAT_3D digital receiver implementation (Markku Lehtinen)
VHF high band front end (Tomas Tallkvist)
Results from a practical demonstration of EISCAT_3D technology II (Janne Pulkkinen & Jarkko Mäkivaara)
E3D hosts
EISCAT_3D stages (and other things) (Craig Heinselman)
EISCAT_3D Norwegian application: Status report May 2014 (Cesar La Hoz)
Challenges for implementation of EISCAT_3D (Magnus Friberg)
EISCAT_3D Finland (Esa Turunen)
Current status of Japanese EISCAT_3D preparation (Yasunobu Ogawa)
EISCAT_3D: Funding status in the UK (Ian McCrea)
EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase and thereafter (Ingrid Mann)

Deliverable 3.5: Third annual report on WP3 activities

The third annual report on WP3 activities describes the activities in Work Package 3 of the EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase project during the third year of the project (October 2012 - September 2013). These activities include the third iteration of the Science Working Group and their meetings, the 5th EISCAT_3D User Meeting and other activities.

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Joint NSF and EISCAT radar summer school 2014 at Arecibo

The 2014 incoherent scatter radar summer school was held at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, from July 21 to July 26. The school provided students with hands-on experience in designing and running experiments at incoherent scatter radar facilities. During this summer school, students will have the opportunity to run experiments with the Arecibo incoherent scatter radar (ISR) and use data from multiple ISR observatories, such as EISCAT, Poker Flat (PFISR), Millstone Hill, Resolute Bay (RISR), Sondrestrom and Jicamarca.

The school provided presentations in the morning and hands-on experience in experiment design and analysis in the afternoons. The morning lectures included an introduction to the theory of incoherent scatter, radar operations, ISR analysis techniques and the Madrigal database. The afternoon exercises involved working closely with ISR facility staff in the topic areas of proposal design, experiment execution, and data analysis. All students had the opportunity to work one-on-one with experienced scientists from multiple institutions.

The ISR summer school is suitable for graduate and advanced undergraduate students and attendance is limited. For instructions on how to apply for the summer school, please check the following web sites:

Participants not connected to EISCAT countries or US institutions are considered on a case-by-case basis.

The 2014 ISR summer school is a collaboration between the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the EISCAT Scientific Association. The EISCAT portion of the school is sponsored by the EISCAT Scientific Association and organised by Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory. The US portion of the school is sponsored by the NSF through its Geospace Facilities Program within the Geosciences Directorate and is organised by SRI International. The EISCAT portion of the school is organised by Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory.

For more information about the school, please contact (EISCAT) or (US NSF).

The deadline for application submission is 3 March 2014.

Milestone 1.6: “All-Hands” meeting held

Instead of the originally planned third all-hands meeting, a meeting for the people involved in the technically oriented Work Packages took place on 5 November, 2013, at Space Campus in Kiruna. The idea of this meeting was to bridge the gaps between the activities of the technical Work Packages so that the full system can be designed from the different parts. This meeting is Milestone 1.6.

The all-hands meeting will instead take place in spring 2014 together with the project final meeting.

This Milestone was reached in November 2013.