Current External Research

Current External Research

In addition to its own array of scientific instruments, the PARI campus hosts a number of instruments used in conducting research for other organizations. Current external research programs hosted at PARI include:

Clemson thermosphere study

Clemson University operates an upper atmospheric wind detector, the Clemson Fabry Perot Interferometer. A new instrument in an array that spans the globe from Alaska to Peru, the Clemson Interferometer measures high velocity winds and temperatures in the thermosphere. Click here for more information.

Georgia Tech lightning detection

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech University) monitors lighting from the PARI campus as part of an online long-term study. For more information, click here.

NASA Fireball Network

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) constructed the Rosman Tracking Station at the current PARI site in 1962, as one of the pioneering satellite tracking facilities during the infancy of the U.S. space program. Today, NASA continues its relationship with PARI in a number of ways, including the operation of an all-sky camera on the PARI campus that is part of the Fireball Network, looking for meteorites and tracking their trajectories. For more information, click here.

EarthScope Plate Boundary

As part of the National Science Foundation’s EarthScope project, UNAVCO has installed a highly sensitive GPS sensor on the PARI campus to measure geologic movements in the Earth’s crust. The instrument was one of the first east of the Rocky Mountains in the UNAVCO network. Click here for details.

SRI Center for Geospace Studies

An all-sky imager is installed on the PARI campus as part of the Midlatitude Allsky-imaging Network for GeoSpace Observations (MANGO) network operated by the SRI International Center for Geospace Studies. The MANGO network studies global scale ionospheric processes that span continents, including large-scale airglow and aurora features. For more information, click here.