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Timetable of Deliverables and Milestones

This is the timetable for the Deliverables and the Milestones as defined by the plan for EISCAT_3D: Preparation for Production. Other important dates in the project are also added to the timetable. A Deliverable represents a verifiable output of the project. They are denoted by Dx.y in the timetable below, where x is the number of the relevant Work Package and y is the number of the Deliverable within that Work Package. A Milestone is a control point where decisions are needed with regard to the continuation of the project. They are denoted by Mz in the timetable below, where z is the ordering number of the particular Milestone within the full project.

September 2015
Kick-off and technical meeting (M1) [OK]
Manufacturing Consultant Contractor contract signed (M2) [OK]
February 2016
First version of the data management plan (D2.1) [OK]
Technical report on approaches for sub-array beam-former (D3.1) [OK]
April 2016
Contracts signed with vendors (M3) [OK]
August 2016
End of first reporting period [OK]
November 2016
Site preparation complete (M4) [OK]
January 2017
First report on industry contracts (D4.1) [OK]
February 2017
Test plan for the Test Subarray (D2.2)
April 2017
Site preparation drawings delivered; antenna elements, structure and instrument container subsystems arrives at test site (M5) [OK]
June 2017
Front end, beam former and pulse and steering control subsystems arrives at test site (M6)
Software interface control documents (D5.1) [OK]
Project Review
July 2017
Second report on industry contracts (D4.2)
August 2017
Tendering documents, including standards and necessary supporting documentation (D2.3)
Test Subarray testing report (D6.1)
End of second reporting period
End of project

EISCAT3D_PfP in short

The goal of the project EISCAT_3D: Preparation for Production is to facilitate a smooth and swift transition of EISCAT_3D from the Preparatory Phase to its implementation. One significant challenge for this transition is the move from individual prototype subsystems to designs that are ready for immediate implementation in an industrial production environment. Additionally, these subsystems, in their near-final implementations, must operate together as a radar with compatible interfaces and without causing internal interference. The project addresses these issues via industrial outreach to ensure a manufacture-ready design and via the implementation and testing of a Test Subarray using subsystems that are as close as possible to a final configuration.

EISCAT3D_PfP will clear the way for low-risk funding by the research councils of the EISCAT associate countries and will furthermore greatly shorten the time required to see EISCAT_3D come to fruition. This project will also support the hiring of key technical personnel to shepherd the implementation of EISCAT_3D throughout its manufacturing, construction, and eventual commissioning. Project coordinator EISCAT Scientific Association has already initiated cooperation with research institutions, SMEs, large manufacturers, regional authorities, and public institutions responsible for innovation procurement. The cooperation will be further developed through the project.

EISCAT_3D: Preparation for Production has started

The project EISCAT_3D: Preparation for Production (EISCAT3D_PfP) has started. The aim of this project is to facilitate a smooth and swift transition of EISCAT_3D from its Preparatory Phase to the implementation of the EISCAT_3D radar system.

The project will reach out to industry to ensure a manufacture-ready design of the subsystems to be used in the EISCAT_3D radar system. A Test Subarray will be constructed at the EISCAT site in Ramfjordmoen to be used for testing these subsystems. The project will also support hiring of key personnel needed to oversee the implementation of the EISCAT_3D radar system through manufacturing, construction and commissioning.

EISCAT Scientific Association has received funding of 3.1 M€ for this project from the European Commission under the call H2020-INFRADEV-1-2015-1 “Individual implementation and operation of ESFRI projects” (contract number 672008).

The project starts in September 2015 and will continue until August 2017.

EISCAT_3D: Preparation for Production

The goal of the project EISCAT_3D: Preparation for Production is to facilitate a smooth and swift transition of EISCAT_3D from the Preparatory Phase to its implementation.

EISCAT3D_PfP started in September 2015 and will continue until August 2017.

EISCAT3D_PfP is funded by the European Commission under the call H2020-INFRADEV-1-2015-1 “Individual implementation and operation of ESFRI projects”.

Material from the project is collected here.

EISCAT_3D receives conditional funding from Finland

The Research Infrastructure Committee of Academy of Finland has granted conditional funding of 12.8 M€ for the construction of EISCAT_3D. University of Oulu has received 1.8 M€, and is participating with 0.8 M€, in a project for building the fundamental infrastructure for an EISCAT_3D site in Finland.

The condition for the funding is that the EISCAT_3D project is implemented in accordance with the international plan. At the present the total financing for the first stage of EISCAT_3D is at about 75% of the required 74.4 M€.

More information (in Finnish) is available from University of Oulu.

EISCAT_3D receives funding from Norway

The Research Council of Norway has decided to grant 288 MNOK for the construction and operation of a new radar system in northern Scandinavia, including a new antenna site in Skibotn, Norway. This antenna will be a part of the ESFRI-project EISCAT_3D, a large European research infrastructure for studies of the upper atmosphere above the northern hemisphere. The Norwegian activities in the EISCAT_3D project are coordinated by UiT, the Arctic University of Norway.

More information (in Norwegian) is available from the Research Council of Norway and from UiT, the Arctic University of Norway.

EGI-Engage: Engaging the EGI community towards an Open Science Commons

The EGI-Engage project (Engaging the Research Community towards an Open Science Commons) aims to accelerate the implementation of the Open Science Commons by expanding the capabilities of a European backbone of federated services for compute, storage, data, communication, knowledge and expertise, complementing community-specific capabilities.

EGI-Engage is co-funded from the European Community’s Horizon 2020 Programme under grant agreement no 654182.

The EGI-Engage project started in March 2015 and will continue until August 2017.

The EGI-Engage project is coordinated by the European Grid Initiative (EGI).

EISCAT_3D will be one of eight Competence Centres in this project, with the aim to support high-impact Research Infrastructures/communities by joint development of customised services for these based on core EGI capabilities. This will be accomplished through user engagement and training activities.

ENVRIplus: Environmental research infrastructures providing shared solutions for science and society

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The objective of ENVRIplus is to provide common solutions to shared challenges for European Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures (RIs) in their efforts to deliver new services for science and society. To reach this overall goal, ENVRIplus brings together the current ESFRI roadmap environmental and associate fields RIs, leading I3 projects, key developing RI networks and specific technical specialist partners to build common synergic solutions for pressing issues in RI construction and implementation.

ENVRIplus has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme under grant agreement no 654182.

The ENVRIplus project started in May 2015 and will continue until April 2019.

The ENVRIplus project is coordinated by University of Helsinki.

EISCAT's role in the project is to lead the activities in the project theme on Research Infrastructure access. The goal of this theme is to develop harmonised policies for access (physical and virtual) for the environmental RIs, including access services for the multidisciplinary users. EISCAT also participates in activities of the theme on data related issues. This theme has the aim to generate common solutions for shared information technology and data related challenges of the environmental RIs in data and service discovery and use, workflow documentation, data citations methodologies, service virtualisation, and user characterisation and interaction.

MISW: Mitigation of space weather threats to GNSS services

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The purpose of the MISW (Mitigation of space weather threats to GNSS services) project is to tackle the research challenges associated with GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and Space Weather to bring practical solutions right into the forefront of European Industry.

MISW has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 607081.

The MISW project started in February 2014 and will continue until July 2016.

The MISW project is coordinated by University of Bath).

EISCAT is responsible for providing measurements of electron density as function of altitude since 2007, estimated from incoherent scatter data.

ESPAS: Near Earth space data infrastructure for e-science

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ESPAS aims at building the e-infrastructure necessary to support the access to observations, the modelling and prediction of the near-Earth space environment extending from the Earth's atmosphere up to the outer radiation belts. The ESPAS interface will provide access to more than 40 data repositories containing heterogeneous data from ground and space, in situ and remote sensed, developed for the needs of different users.

ESPAS has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 283676.

The ESPAS project started in November 2011 and continued until November 2015.

The ESPAS project is coordinated by Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), United Kingdom.

EISCAT's role in the project is to lead activities related to ESPAS and data providers service deployment, but also to assist in defining the strategy and the policies and to participate in dissemination and training activities. EISCAT will also provide access to data from our incoherent scatter radars and our dynasondes.

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