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RSPPG Projects
* SPEAR SPEAR (Space Plasma Exploration by Active Radar) is a high power radar which will be deployed at Longyearbyen, Svalbard and is currently the main focus of the groups construction effort. This major facility is designed to probe the auroral ionosphere and the high latitude magnetosphere.
* CUTLASS CUTLASS (Co-operative UK Twin Located Auroral Sounding System) is a UK National Facility constructed and operated by the Leicester group consisting of a pair of HF radars in Finland and Iceland with a common viewing area aver northern Scandinavia and Svalbard.
* DOPE DOPE, a Leicester built HF Doppler transmitter and receiver system in the vicinity of the EISCAT radar site near Tromso (69 N, 19 E). It continuously sounds the ionosphere and observes perturbations on, and also many wave types passing through, the local ionosphere.
* EISCAT The Leicester Group makes extensive use of the EISCAT (European Incoherent Scatter) radars in northern Scandinavia and Svalbard operated by an international consortium of countries.
* SABRE Wick SABRE radar SABRE (Swedish And British Auroral Radar Experiment) was a dual, VHF coherent radar system. Leicester was responsible for the construction and operation of the radar at Wick in northern Scotland. This radar operated from 1979 until 1993 and was the first Leicester radar to incorporate remote control and data retrieval.


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