[PEM18-03] Current Status of the EISCAT_3D project and the Japan’s contribution
Keywords:incoherent scatter radar, space weather, Arctic
The National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) has been contributing in-kind to the construction of EISCAT_3D by supplying radar transmitter units in collaboration with the EISCAT scientific association and ISEE/Nagoya University. The EISCAT_3D program in Japan was successfully granted by the Science Council of Japan as one of the high-priority programs of the Master Plan 2014/2017/2020 and the Roadmap 2014 program by MEXT (Ministry), as a core facility of a comprehensive program: “Study of Coupling Processes in the Solar-Terrestrial System”. Under these positive evaluations, high energy-efficient transmitter power amplifiers (SSPAs) has been developed and provided for the engineering verification test at the EISCAT Tromso site since 2016. In February 2020, NIPR has concluded an MOU with EISCAT to supply in-kind the Subarray Transmitter Units which have been selected through the international tendering process by the EISCAT_3D project office.
In this paper, we will overview the recent progress of the project and our prospect for the contribution to the EISCAT_3D project.