Space Science using the Iridium Satellites

The Iridium satellite constellation was designed for global communications coverage. More and more of our communications technology operates from space. Some of the scientific questions we are addressing are:

What is the near-Earth space environment like?
What are the drivers of its dynamics?
Is near-Earth space suitable for human technology?
What are the hazards?
How should we design satellites to survive this environment?
Are there regions that are more suitable compared with others?
What is the 'weather' like in space and what are the extremes?

These are some of the questions that data from Iridium satellite constellation are helping us address.

Researchers with the University of Newcastle Centre for Space Physics, in collaboration with The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Maryland, U.S.A, are studying the large electric currents that flow in the auroral regions of near-Earth space. Select the links below to learn more:

Information about the Iridium Satellite Constellation

How the Iridium Data are Processed

Using Iridium data to map the Aurora

Space Weather at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (USA)

IPS Radio and Space Services Australian space weather at the Bureau of Meteorology

Space Weather Today Views of the Sun and the Aurora

Research at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory that involves Iridium data

Research Publications from his project


For further information, send an email to Prof. C.L. Waters
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