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SuperDARN

The SuperDARN Research Group at Virginia Tech collaborates with an international community of scientists and engineers to study the interactions of the Earth's magnetosphere and upper atmosphere with the space environment.

    Fort Hays, KS Aerial

SuperDARN

The SuperDARN Research Group at Virginia Tech collaborates with an international community of scientists and engineers to study the interactions of the Earth's magnetosphere and upper atmosphere with the space environment.

    Fort Hays, KS Aerial

Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Science Team (MIST)

The Magnetophere-Ionosphere Science Team (MIST) is a part of Space Physics Research Group at Virginia Tech. MIST is headed by Dr. Robert Clauer.

   

Plane

Reaching for the Stars

The rocket in the inset was launched from Poker Flat Research Range during a beautiful aurora. The research team behind the launch is headed by Dr. Scott Bailey.

   

Aurora with Rocket Inset

Ionosphere Predictions

Measurements in the solar wind are used to predict electric fields in the ionosphere and perturbations to the magnetic field on the ground. Empirical modeling of the ionosphere is done by Dr. Daniel Weimer in the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Science Team (MIST).

   

Ionosphere Predictions

Heating the Space Environment

Virginia Tech researchers are involved in ionospheric modification experiments at the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Facility (HAARP) in Gakona, Alaska. Stimulated radiation from the ionosphere during heating by high power radio waves is utilized for diagnosing the space environment.

   

Heating the Space Environment

Space Plasma Instrumentation

An instrumented sounding rocket ready for launch from Wallops Island to measure neutral winds and metallic ion layers in the midlatitude ionosphere.

   

Horizontal Rocket

Welcome to Space @ Virginia Tech

The Center for Space Science and Engineering (Space@VT) comprises a group of faculty, students and staff devoted to the investigation of the space environment.  We presently include members from the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering. The Center resides in the College of Engineering.  

Our mission is to provide forefront research, instruction, and educational outreach in the fields of space science and engineering utilizing a holistic approach of theoretical modeling, advanced simulation techniques, space system and instrument design, and experimental data acquisition, analysis and interpretation. For more information, visit our "About Us" page.


News Highlights

   

VPT Donation From Left to Right: Dan Sable (CEO of VPT), Wayne Scales, Greg Earle, John Hodock (President of VPT), Paul Plassmann (ECE Interim Dept. Head), and Scott Bailey.

VPT Makes Fourth Generous Contribution to Space@VT Since 2007, read more.


 

    Apple Ridge Farm Visits Space@VT

Apple Ridge Farm Visits Space@VT, read more.


  • New NSF satellite study underway to improve communications, read more.
  • Dr. J. Michael (Mike) Ruohoniemi receives tenure
    Congratulations to ECE faculty member Mike Ruohoniemi who has been tenured at his currently-held rank of Associate Professor.

 

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