Space Technology and Research (STAR)
STAR has been a strategic initiative within Space Sciences. STAR established foundations for the 4DSpace Strategic Research Initiative at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Oslo. Follow this link to read more about 4DSpace and its ongoing projects and activities: http://mn.uio.no/4dspace
The aim of STAR was to achieve full-scale integrated collaboration between space plasma experimentalists, theoreticians and numerical specialists in order to implement the next generation space instruments. STAR combined efforts between the following research groups:
- Plasma and Space Physics, Dept. of Physics, UiO
- Electronics, Dept. of Physics, UiO
- Nanoelectronics, Dept. of Informatics, UiO
Research within STAR covered the following topics:
Theory: Plasma wave phenomena, instabilities and turbulence in collisionless or weakly collisional magnetized plasmas, with particular emphasis on problems relevant for the satellite and rocket experiments.
Experiment: In-situ and remote sensing studies of cusp, polar cap and magnetospheric boundary layer phenomena. Development of instruments for sounding rockets and ESA satellites, as well as for the Dayside Auroral Programme in Svalbard.
STAR personnel actively participates in several ESA missions including Cluster, Cassini Huygens and Rosetta. Currently we are part of consortia working for BepiColombo and Solar Orbiter. It has developed the new, high precision space instruments such as multi-Needle Langmuir Probes (mNLP). The group has the leading role in the ICI sounding rocket programme, to explore instability phenomena in the auroral cusp causing HF backscatter irregularity formation and GPS scintillations etc. This activity is inclined to contribute to ESA’s Space Situation Awareness program and Space Weather research, which is a rapid growing activity in Europe.
With the successful interdisciplinary collaboration, STAR was expanded and formed 4DSpace, which in January 2014 received the status of the Strategic Research Initiative at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Oslo.