European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association
Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
+78° 9' 10.62", +16° 1' 46.92"
Photo Credit: Asbjørn Goa

EISCAT is an acronym for the European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association. They operate three incoherent scatter radar systems, at 224 MHz, 931 MHz in Northern Scandinavia and one at 500 MHz on Svalbard, used to study the interaction between the Sun and the Earth as revealed by disturbances in the ionosphere and magnetosphere. At the Ramfjordmoen facility (near Tromsø, Norway) they also operate an ionospheric heater facility, similar to HAARP. Additional receiver stations are located in Sodankylä, Finland, and Kiruna, Sweden. The EISCAT Headquarters are also located in Kiruna.

EISCAT is funded and operated by research institutes and research councils of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Japan, China, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

Doritos has embarked upon an "out-of-this-world" advertising campaign, literally beaming a 30sec ad for Doritos brand tortilla chips into a solar system 42 light years away. This project is in collaboration with EISCAT Space Centre in Svalbard, Norway. The "You Make It, We'll Play It" contest will choose the winning advertisement that is to be transmitted on June 12th, 2008. The ad will beam towards a distant star, within the Ursa Major constellation, that is orbited by planets which may harbor life.

Svalbard 500 MHz Ultra High Frequency Radar [facts]

The EISCAT Scientific Association is an international research organisation operating three geophysical research Incoherent Scatter Radar systems, an Ionospheric Heater and a Dynasonde in Northern Scandinavia. In November 1992, it was decided to build a Radar on Svalbard, and 1994 the EISCAT Svalbard Radar was ready, standing near Longyearbyen on Svalbard. It is a fully steerable 32 m parabolic dish antenna, as seen on the picture below.

Another antenna was added in 1999, 42 m in diameter and fixed along the local magnetic field line. The transmitter output can be routed to either antenna as required.

Fixed 42 m and steerable 32 m UHF parabolic antennas. Photo Credit: Tony Van Eyken

SOURCE: EISCAT Svalbard Site

Photo Credit: Tom Grydeland
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