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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

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

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

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

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

Center for Space Science and Engineering Research

Welcome to Space @ Virginia Tech

Space@VT Introduces New Faculty Members

Colin Adams

    Dr. Colin Adams

Research Focus:

Aerospace and Fusion Plasmas, Aerodynamics.


Bachelor's Degree: 2005, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Washington
Master's Degree: 2009, Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington
Doctoral Degree: 2015, Engineering, University of New Mexico

Jonathan T. Black

    Dr. Jonathan Black

Research focus:
Space systems, advanced lightweight aerospace structures, autonomous vehicles, advanced sensing technology, and novel orbital analysis.

Bachelor’s degree: industrial engineering with an international minor in French studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master’s degree: mechanical and aerospace engineering, George Washington University
Doctoral degree: mechanical engineering, University of Kentucky

Read more about Dr. Black

Bhuvana Srinivasan

    Dr. Bhuvana Srinivasan

Research focus:
Advanced space propulsion, nuclear fusion, hypersonics, space plasmas, and computational plasma physics.

Bachelor’s degree: aerospace and mechanical engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)
Master's degree: aeronautics and astronautics, University of Washington, Seattle
Doctoral degree: aeronautics and astronautics, University of Washington, Seattle

Read more about Dr. Srinivasan

News Highlights

Now Hiring: Assistant or Associate Professor – Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Physics, Space Weather, & Remote Sensing

Now Hiring: Assistant or Associate Professor – Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Physics, Space Weather, and Remote Sensing - Find information here in this Detailed Position Description. Also here is the posting link on Posting number TR01500X1.

Undergrad Radio Amateur Uses Reverse Beacon Network in Research Project

A Virginia Tech undergraduate researcher and radio amateur has used Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) and Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) data to study how solar flares impact HF radio propagation over the entire dayside — the time Earth is in sunlight — with communication loss related to both flare intensity and distribution, read more.

Space@VT Hosts Apple Ridge Farm

Campers from Apple Ridge Farm visited Space@VT on Thursday, July 9, 2015 and spent time viewing many demonstrations and activities, read more.


CEDAR Conference Participants Dig Into Science of Interest to Radio Amateurs


Canadian Satellite Will Listen for ARRL Field Day Stations

    Dr. Wayne Scales

Dr. Wayne Scales Receives 2014 Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Geophysical Research Letters 

Congratulations to Dr. Wayne Scales for receiving the 2014 Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Geophysical Research Letters by the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

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NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)


NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)


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