Fabry-Perot interferometer

The Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI) system was installed in May 2015 in collaboration with Clemson University of USA. It is used to measure the nightglow orginated from the altitude range between 200 and 300 km above the Earth's surface. From this observation the neutral wind speed and neutral temperature will be inferred from Doppler shift and Doppler brodening respectively.

Coherent Back scatter radar (Blue Nile Radar)

The Coherent scatter radar which consists of 64 yagi antennas was installed in november 2014 in collaboration with Boston college and American Air force labratory (AFRL) of USA. It is used to observe the E and F region electron denisty irregulrities. The radar is named as Blue Nile Radar (BNR).

Beacon Receiver

The first beacon satellites receiver wasinstalled in 2010 in collaboration with Koyoto University of Japan and the second beacon satellites receiver was installed in 2011 in collaboration with Spdankyla Geophysical observatory, Oulu University of  Finland. The systems are able to track Low Earth Orbitting (LEO) satellites.



The GPS-SCINDA system was installed in 2007 in collaboration with the American Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The   system records the Total Electron Content (TEC) and the GPS signal scintillation parameter.

The Virtual Lab

The VIRTUAL laboratory was established in 2008 with a primary objective of developing different kinds of virtual tools that can be used as teaching aids in lieu of real scientific instruments. The Laboratory is equipped with 24 IMAC desktop computers and five MacBook Pro laptop computers. 


Instrumentation and Automation Unit (IAU)

The Washera Geospace and Radar Science Laboratory is operating many instruments.   These instruments need continuous follow up and proper maintenance.  Also, the different groups of WaGRL will develop new instruments for various applications.  The Instrumentation and Automation Unit is responsible for maintenance and continuous smooth operation of the instruments and also make new ones based on the design and the requirements of the different groups.

Astrophysics Unit (AsU)

The astrophysics unit is  established recently and now responsible for investigating the suitability of Abune Yosef and Aboy Gara Mountain chain in Lalibella region of Ethiopia for radio and optical astronomical observations.

Radar Science Unit (RSU)

The main research focus of the radar system optimization unit is mainly on developing different kinds of modulation and demodulation waveforms, optimal radar signal processing methods, which include Bayesian inversion technique and adaptive filtering. Also, the unit is involved in the analysis of methods of GPS data and implementation of a software defined radio technology for various applications. 

Space and Atmospheric Sciences Unit (SASU)

This unit works on two part of the Earth's atmosphere; the equatorial lower atmosphere and the upper atmosphere. The research by the lower atmopshere group focuses on understanding what drives the Ethiopian climate with a major emphasis on the drivers of precipitation using weather radar, raingauage and satellite observations.   


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