Space@VT focuses on research investigations of the science, technological impact, and utilization of the geo-space environment. The goal of Space@VT is to develop a holistic approach to such research utilizing theoretical and advanced computational modeling as well as the development of scientific instruments and space missions for experimental data acquisition and analysis.
The main objective of this project is to develop our understanding of the multi-scale global solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling dynamics and thus to predict the properties of the complex solar-terrestrial environment (space weather) through high temporal and spatial resolution, magnetically conjugate multi-instrument arrays developed in Eastern Antarctica.
Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Science Team (MIST) at Virginia Tech developed an autonomous adaptive low-power instrument platform (AAL-PIP) to establish a ground instrument network, magnetically conjugate to the Greenland East coast magnetometer chain along the 40° magnetic meridian (PI: Bob Clauer). The new Antarctic array facilitates high-latitude interhemispheric investigations of the magnetosphere and ionosphere.
As of the austral summer 2012-2013, three AAL-PIPs are in operation in the remote field locations in Antarctica. Because Antarctica has a harsh environment and its accessibility is limited, the stations are designed to operate autonomously and to optimize data collection and power management for at least three years. Figure 1 and Table 1 show the locations of the AAL-PIP stations and their conjugate network in Greenland.