Radio interview with Jordan Weinstein related to Curiosity Mars rover landing.
Whitney Lohmeyer presented some of the initial findings of her analysis of geostationary communication satellite health data at the 2012 NOAA Space Weather Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. This work involves analyzing satellite health data from Inmarsat as well as space weather observational data. The preliminary work showed that there were correlations between the satellite health data (even in cases where there were no anomalies) and space weather events. We appreciate the support from the SWW organizers for our participation in this event and look forward to next year!
Prof. Sara Seager is leading an effort to renovate the old S-band weather radar on the roof of the tall Green Building (54) at MIT, which we also support. This group met in the spring to talk about options for improving its mechanical operation and modifying its RF front end to be compatible with the desired frequencies. It would be great if the dish could support tracking and communication of university-class CubeSats. Some of the ideas for it include implementation of a software-defined radio system. The MIT amateur radio club is also helping to guide the effort, as they have been the most frequent users of the equipment recently. There is already an MIT-affiliated set of three equatorial S-band ground stations (the Open System of Agile Ground Stations, or OSAGS) and it would be great to have another station at higher latitudes to improve coverage.