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AMISR Orientation and Coordination Meetings in
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Our February 23-26, 2011, orientation and coordination meetings took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina to start the installation of the Advanced Modular Incoherent Scatter Radar (AMISR) Project. The Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Juan F. Arratia, together with Dr. John Kelly, from Stanford Research Institute and Dr. Diego Janches, from NASA Goddard, met with officials from the Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía (IAR), Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), Comisión Nacional de Comunicaciones (CNC) and the United States Embassy Representative in Argentina to advance the task to implement the AMISR project. The visit to IAR gave the group the opportunity to meet Director, Dr. Edmundo M. Arnal and inspect where the AMISR will be installed. The meeting at Universidad de La Plata took place at the Faculty of Astronomical and Geophysics Science where the group met Lic. Raul A. Perdomo, Vice President of the University, as well as with faculty and administrators. Dr. Claudio Brunini, the lead investigator and coordinator of the project implementation in Argentina, was part of the discussion and presentation to the Argentinean authorities. An important meeting with the President of CONICET, Dr. Marta G. Rovira, that also included Dr. Jorge G. Tezón and Ms. Viviana Alvarez, took place at the headquarters of CONICET in Buenos Aires. At this meeting representatives of the United States Embassy in Argentina, Mr. James Perez and Ms. Kelly A. Cohvn, as well as Dr. Claudio Brunini, and representatives of the UNLP and Dr. Marta Mosert from ICATE, were also part of the meeting. 

On February 26, 2011 a meeting at the headquarters of the National Commission of Communications took place with Eng. Edgardo Guillermo Clemente and Eng. Daniel Santos Paredes to discuss the frequency and system authorization for the AMISR. Following the meetings in Buenos Aires and La Plata, a videoconference with NSF officials took place on Friday, February 26, 2011.

The outcomes of this trip were very positive. They included progress in the technical aspects of the project, especially, the location of the AMISR at the IAR campus, and a commitment of CONICET, CNC and UNLP for the project implementation. The AMISR is expected to be operational during the first month of 2012.


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