Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 7, 67–72, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-7-67-2016

Special issue: The history of ionospheric radars

Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 7, 67–72, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-7-67-2016

Review article 14 Jul 2016

Review article | 14 Jul 2016

History of EISCAT – Part 4: On the German contribution to the early years of EISCAT

Gerhard Haerendel

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The article concentrates on the German role in the establishment of the European Incoherent Scatter Radar (EISCAT). It outlines the scientific motivation of the Max Planck Society for participating on behalf of two of its institutes. Special attention is given to the augmentation of the scientific scope of the radar by the installation of an ionospheric heater facility. The first years of EISCAT operation are summarized from the personal viewpoint of the author.