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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

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

Wayne Scales receives Dean’s Award for Service Excellence

    Dr. Benson and Dr. Scales

Wayne Scales received the Dean’s Award for Service Excellence from the College of Engineering. Scales is the founding director of the Center for Space Science and Engineering (Space@VT). He has also served as the chair of the University Task Force on Race and the Institution and the head of graduate admissions for ECE.


Apple Ridge Farm Visits Space@VT

    Apple Ridge Farm Visits Space@VT

Space@VT, along with our Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) students, hosted ~80 middle school kids from Apple Ridge Farm on Thursday July 17, 2014, read more.

    Dr. Joseph Baker

Congratulations to Space@VT faculty member Joseph Baker who has been tenured and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

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NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)


NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)


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