2012-2013 Science Planning Summaries
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Polar experiment network for geospace upper-atmosphere investigations: PENGUIn - A high-latitude window to geospace dynamics
A wind and solar powered U.S. Automatic Geophysical Observatory (AGO). These remote platforms house a suite of instruments that monitor the space environment of Earth over a range of radio and optical wavelengths. Photo Credit: Andy Stillinger, NJIT. 

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili


ASC POC/Implementer:
Samina Ouda / Brian Johnson

Dr. Allan T Weatherwax (Principal Investigator)
http://antarcticgeospace.orgExternal Non U.S. Government Site

Siena College
Loudonville, New York

Supporting Stations:  McMurdo Station
Research Locations:  AGO Sites

Project Description:
The Polar Experiment Network for Geospace Upper-atmosphere Investigations (PENGUIn) project is a multi-university collaborative effort dedicated to better understanding the dynamics of Earth's high-latitude ionosphere and magnetosphere systems, including their interaction with the high-latitude thermosphere and mesosphere. A central part of the project is to understand the coupled response of the entire upper atmosphere and magnetosphere to space weather disturbances across all spatial and temporal scales.

Field Season Overview:
Three project engineers and a PolarTREC teacher will deploy to the Automatic Geophysical Observatories (AGOs). The engineering emphasis this year is on upgrading the power and telemetry systems at all sites. The field team will be moderately heavy with cargo going into several sites, but significantly lighter on pull-out. Fuel will be cached at as many of the five AGOs as is practical.

Deploying Team Members:

  • David McGaw
  • Timothy Spuck

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