Scientists have analyzed data recorded during the lengthy decent of the US Air Force's Communication/Navigation Outage Forecasting System (C/NOFS) satellite into Earth's atmosphere. The observations will be extremely useful for future operations, significantly improving predictive models for satellite trajectory and re-entry.
Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope in the Western Australia
desert, a Sydney University student, Cleo Loi, has discovered enormous plasma pipes in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Thought to be responsible
for possible radio interference with satellite navigation systems, the presence of these objects has been predicted for over 60 years, but never before seen. By imaginatively using the radio telescope to observe
in 3D, Loi was able to image large areas of the
sky using the fast photography capabilities of the MWA to produce a movie
that shows the motions of the plasma in real-time.