2nd Resubmission Support for CUTLASS operations 2006 - 2009

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leicester
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy


The CUTLASS HF coherent scatter radars are one of the UK's National Facilities for Solar-Terrestrial Physics. Since April 1998 the operations of these radars have been supported by the UK STP National Facilities panel under a grant awarded to the Radio and Space Plasma Physics Group. This proposal requests funds to support this activity for the next four years. The funds support the operation, maintenance and repair of the radars, data dissemination, experiment design and training in aspects of radar operations and data analysis.


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Baker J (2011) SuperDARN ionospheric space weather in IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine

Description A SuperDARN radar for the Falkland Islands Radar
Amount £500,000 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Description Contract Funding
Amount £456,117 (GBP)
Organisation Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics Irkutsk 
Sector Academic/University
Country Russian Federation
Start 06/2012 
End 12/2013
Description Contract Funding
Amount £296,850 (GBP)
Organisation Moritani GmbH 
Sector Private
Country Germany
Start 08/2013 
End 08/2015
Description Contract Funding
Amount £480,179 (GBP)
Organisation Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics Irkutsk 
Sector Academic/University
Country Russian Federation
Start 05/2011 
End 09/2012
Description Contract funding
Amount £256,323 (GBP)
Organisation Polar Research Institute of China 
Sector Academic/University
Country China
Start 11/2008 
End 11/2010
Description Development of radar for Polar Research Institute of China 
Organisation Polar Research Institute of China
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have provided technical; support ofr the construction of teh radar. We have also provided sceintific support
Collaborator Contribution Contributions of data and also scientific discussion.
Impact Currently the data from the radar deployed in Zhongshan in Antarctica has yet to arrive.
Description Institute agreement 
Organisation Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics Irkutsk
Country Russian Federation 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contracts to build 4 radars as part of the SuperDARN programme. This has also led to an agreement signed between the Director of the Institute and Prof Lester as Head of Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of Leicester.
Collaborator Contribution research income for the purchase of 4 radars. Signing of agreement.
Impact 2 radars have been delivered with one deployed, 2 are being built. Science collaboration will continue.
Start Year 2011
Description Super Dual Auroral Radar Network 
Organisation Johns Hopkins University
Department Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The continued operations of the two CUTLASS radars enabled the RSPP group to maintain its collaborations within the Super Dual Auroral radar Network. This network involves institutes from Australia, Canada, China, Finland, Italy, Japan, Sweden, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America. Note that there is insufficient time to go into detail for all of the releveant collaborations involved in this project.
Collaborator Contribution Through contributions of radar data plus effort on software development.
Impact Publications Funding to build new radars for groups in China and Japan Start of contract to build a new radar for group in Russia
Start Year 2006
Description Stargazing Live 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Around 2000 members of the public were invited into the Department to attend lectures and to take part in activities.

None as yet
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014