Breaking Down the BAA: Latin America Space Science and Space Situational Awareness | A key research area in the SOARD portfolio is Space Science. This is due in part to the unique resources and the geophysical space environment found in the southern hemisphere.
For example, the magnetic equator passes through the northern regions of South America with a network of scintillation stations located in Brazil and Peru to monitor and study ionosphere perturbations that effect GPS and communications. Similarly, the SAMBA magnetometers network, runs north and south down the length of Chile and into Antarctica, is used to study the earth's magnetic fluxes and monitor magnetic storm effects. These stations are supported by NSF, +NASA
, and the AFRL Space Vehicle Directorate. And lastly, some of the world's largest and most advanced astronomical observatories are located in the dry regions in the Andes of Argentina, Chile and Peru taking advantages of what is considered by many as the darkest skies on the globe. Taking advantage of these unique resources, SOARD has formed research collaborations with several institutions in Latin America for the purpose of forecasting the geospace environment of Earth. This research is necessary for predicting satellite drag and radiation belt perturbations used in maintaining space situational awareness and for protecting AF space assets used in communications, navigation, and surveillance. #AirForce #BasicResearch #space