RAX-2 is performing two radar experiments this week with Resolute Incoherent Scatter Radar (RISR) located in Resolute, Canada. The first is Tuesday afternoon, and depending on the results, we’ll perform a second experiment Thursday afternoon.
Since the last experiments in March and April, we’ve been focusing on data downloads. We now have nearly all the raw radar samples of interest from the last two experiments that detected radar scatter! Below is the latest plot showing the cumulative sum of data size received from the satellite since April 3, which was the first day that we re-enabled global downloads after the SD card failure. We have been making steady progress, and are now up to about 113.5 MB total data over the mission! This may not seem like a lot, but we are very pleased considering the data rate is 9,600 bits per second. For comparison, the data rates of typical cable internet connections are anywhere between 1,000,000 and 30,000,000 bits per second!