Real Time Prediction of High-Latitude Ionosphere Electrodynamics, Phase II

Period of Performance: 01/29/2003 - 01/31/2005

$409K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Mission Research Corp.
735 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The proposed project will continue development of programs for real time forecast of electrodynamic parameters in the high-latitude ionosphere. Predictive programs will give forecasts and nowcasts of ionospheric electric fields, currents, Joule heating, auroral oval, and the associated geomagnetic effects, based on the real time measurements of the solar wind and interplanetary magnetic field from a satellite at the L1 orbit. The predictions are based on existing empirical models of electric potentials and currents, which have been combined into prototype programs for "space weather" prediction during Phase I. In Phase II the objective is to bring the actual deployment of these programs closer to reality, through continued refinement of the technology and further demonstration of the capabilities.