9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
[PEM15-02] Recent Progress and Current Status of EISCAT_3D in 2018-2019
Keywords:incoherent scatter radar, space weather, arctic, master plan
Through the international tendering process led by the EISCAT headquarter, antenna units with housing containers, first stage receiver units, sub-array transmitter units and pulse and steering control units have been completed and contracted providers have just started their preparation for productions to meet the EISCAT_3D implementation plan for sub-systems in 2020.
National Institute of Polar Research has been pursuing the opportunity to contribute in-kind to the construction of EISCAT_3D by supplying radar transmitter units in cooperation with the EISCAT Headquarters and ISEE/Nagoya University. The EISCAT_3D program in Japan was successfully granted as as one of high-priority programs of the Master Plan 2014/2017 and the Roadmap 2014 program, as a core facility of ’Study of Coupling Processes in the Solar-Terrestrial System’ (PI: Prof. Toshitaka Tsuda, ROIS/Kyoto Univ.). Supported by these positive evaluations, high energy-efficient transmitter power amplifiers (SSPAs) has been developed and produced for the engineering verification test at the EISCAT Tromso site with partial fundings for development since 2016.
In this paper, we will overview the recent progress and current status of the project including our strategy for the transmitter units as our national contribution to the EISCAT_3D project.