coondoggie writes: "Looking to help better understand how space weather affects a variety of everyday consumer technologies including global positioning systems (GPS), satellites for television reception, and cellular phones, researchers at Virginia Tech's Space@VT research group got a $2 million grant to build a chain of space weather instrument stations in Antarctica.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) grant will help the group built new radar units that will work with the current Super Dual Auroral Radar Network — an international collaboration with support provided by the funding agencies of more than a dozen countries, researchers stated. The radars combine to give extensive views of the upper atmosphere in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
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