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e-POP RRI provides new opportunities for space-based, High-Frequency radio science experiments

Commentary in Radio Science 

Perry et al. [2016] present the first results of the Radio Receiver Instrument (RRI), a part of the enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (e-POP) that flies onboard the CAScade, Smallsat and IOnospheric Polar Explorer (CASSIOPE) satellite. Using a matched filter technique, e-POP RRI was able to observe individual radio pulses transmitted by a ground-based radar. These results were used to examine the temporal variations in the dispersion, polarisation, and power of the pulses, demonstrating the capacity for e-POP RRI to contribute to studies of radio propagation at High Frequency (HF) ranges. Understanding radio propagation in the presence and absence of ionospheric irregularities is crucial for ionospheric physics, as well as commercial and military radio applications. Conjunctions between e-POP RRI and ground- or space-based HF transmitters offer a new opportunity for coherent scatter experiments. More…

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