The Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Research Laboratory (MIRL) at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS), University of New Hampshire contributes to a variety of research projects in space physics. The lab primarily focuses on the development of instrumentation for ground-based, rocket-based, and satellite observations of space physics phenomena and analysis of the resulting observations.

Current research projects include:

  • Ground-based observations from ultra low frequency (ULF) and extremely low frequency (ELF) search-coil magnetometers for the study of magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling and its relationship with auroral phenomena.
  • Rocket-borne observations from a low light imager, UV Photomultiplier Tube, particle detector for in-situ auroral measurements.
  • Data analysis from a variety of satellite data including the recently launched e-POP satellite.

Updated News

  • November 24, 2015 -- RENU 2 is in the news! NASA's webpage posted an article today talking about RENU and CAPER, the other mission on the rail.

  • November 12, 2015 -- RENU 2 has arrived at the launch site in Andoya! Integration finished without any major issues and the team passed through the Mission Readiness Review (MRR) a few days later. The payload was taken back apart, put into crates and boxes, and shipped over to Norway. Now the team must begin reassembling the entire rocket again to prepare for flight.

    Feel free to check out NASA's webpage about the mission as well.

  • September 27, 2015 -- Integration for RENU 2 is moving along nicely. All instruments have been successfully mounted on the payload and the initial checks look good. The big test comes this week with vibration testing.

  • The payload has been assembled and is waiting for vibe testing this week.

  • September 3, 2015 -- Integration for RENU 2 has begun!!! The instruments arrived at Wallops this week and are currently being integrated with the payload.

  • The payload is ready and waiting for RENU 2 instrumentation to be added!

  • July 31, 2015 -- Ever wondered what kinds of things we can learn from sounding rocket launches? Reuters recently published an excellent video about a recent launch by our colleagues at the University of Oslo that could help with GPS navigation. Watch the video for yourself!

  • June 4, 2015 -- Lightning is a common but poorly understood phenomena that everyone has at least some experience with. Recently, a Florida woman had an up-close and personal encounter when it struck her car and caused her airbags to deploy. When ABC News interviewed her about her experience, they contacted EOS researcher and UNH physicist Joe Dwyer to explain what happened. Read the article for yourself here!

  • June 1, 2015 -- Recent MIRL graduate Chrystal Moser had a busy year working in MIRL on a miniaturized fluxgate magnetometer that was written about in Spheres. The instrument that Chrystal designed and built will launch on a CubeSat mission in the fall of 2015.

    Chrystal takes a break from work at the lab bench with the fluxgate magnetometer in front of her.

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