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January 1, 2020
KHO is part of the TV series named Snowhow that starts on 2nd January 2020. The theme is the Nordic winter and how we cope with it. It is produced by NRK in association with SVT, YLE and NDR.

See NRK link here.
Aurora Seashell!
Desember 24, 2019
Jennifer Briggs, a physics student at Pepperdine University in Malibu, has analyzed our BACC data and discovered a new type of twisted dayside aurora related to an extreme foreshock out in the magnetosphere.

Link NASA statement, Space.com or Forbes
Dr. Erkka Petteri Heino!
Desember 14, 2019
We are proud to announce that on Wednesday 18th December 2019 Erkka Petteri Heino successfully defended his PhD thesis titled: Spatial extent of solar proton impact in the Earth's atmosphere - Observations and modeling.

Read thesis here.
CHI launched!
December 10, 2019
Left shows as observed from KHO, one out of eight Barium / Strontium high altitude clouds released from the Cusp Heating Investigation (CHI) NASA rocket. It was launched successfully at 09:30 UT from SvalRak. PI of the campaign is Prof. Miguel Larsen from the Clemson University in USA. More info here. Video Clips [ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
Scrns [ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15]
Dutch Trainee
December 2, 2019
Together with Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) we congratulate Charlotte van Hazendonk on her Erasmu+ Traineeship at UNIS. She has in detail characterized our Hyper Spectral Imager (HSI) V6 with focus on radiometric calibration including the gain function. A novel procedure to remove second order spectral effects is also presented.
Read report here.
ICI-5 launched!
November 26, 2019
Today Prof. J. Moen from UiO/UNIS launched successfully together with the EISCAT Svalbard radar and us the ICI-5 (Ionospheric Cusp Irregularities-5) rocket into the dayside aurora at 07:43:04 UT from SvalRaK. The rocket is part of the Grand Challenge Initiative (GCI) - Cusp and aims to study how GPS signals are disturbed by aurora.
Info here. Launch movie.
A Shot in the dark
November 14, 2019
NASA just released an informative video and audio documentary of the VISIONS-2 (VISualizing Ion Outflow via Neutral atom Sensing-2) rocket campaign. More media events will follow and we are very happy to be part of it!
Media : Youtube, Audio, Blog, and Facebook
Master Marie Bøe Henriksen!
June 2019
Congratulation to Master Marie Bøe Henriksen! She has studied our miniaturized Hyper Spectral Imagers (HSI) in detail. Her work is focused on calibration and image correction. She is now a PhD. student at NTNU AMOS.
Read thesis here.
Minister of Research visits
On Saturday morning, our Minister of Science and Higher Education in Norway Iselin Nybø and her crew visited and inspected KHO. To the left the Minister checks out our observational dome in the instrumental section.
More images here.
RENU 2 makes headlines
The GRL overview paper by PI Marc Lessard of the Rocket Experiment for Neutral Upwelling 2 (RENU2) is making headlines in PHYS.ORG. KHO is sited and our BACC camera movie of the dayside aurora is highlighted.
Read article here.
Exceptional image!
The CAPER-2 rocket launch was captured by pilot Eivind Trondsen on the Lufttransport Dornier 228 flight from Ny-Ålesund to Longyearbyen. The sun illuminated rocket trail is seen towards the south horizon as the rocket penetrates the upper layers of the atmosphere.
More details here.
U.S. Ambassador to Norway
We are proud to announce that the U.S. Ambassador to Norway and former Rear Admiral United States Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite has visited KHO. He was informed about our long standing relation and excellent co-operation with U.S. space science.
More info here.
CAPER-2 rocket launched!
Today at 09:26:58 UT the Cusp Alfven and Plasma Electrodynamics Rocket-2 (CAPER-2) was launched from Andøya over Svalbard into perfect optical cusp conditions as seen from KHO.
ASC:Info NORUSCA camera: Movie
Data Scrn dumps:[ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12]
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