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The Russian Academy of Sciences as a buyer of Canadian equipment

In August 2019, the Canadian Keo Scientific Ltd will start equipment delivery to the National Heliogeophysical Complex of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

As reported by the Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics, the Calgary-based company working in a field of geospace imaging will produce a Fabry-Pérot interferometer, all-sky imagers, spectrographs and photometers for the Geophysical Observatory in Tory, Buryat Republic. These Canadian spectrographs and photometers are scheduled to arrive in Russia in August, while the rest of the scientific instrumentation will be provided by the end of the year. A group of engineers will come from Alberta to Buryatia to install and attune the equipment. This upcoming imaging instrumentation embedded in the realization of the National Heliogeophysical Complex project will increase the quality of auroral research.

The National Heliogeophysical Complex project was launched in 2014. The Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences acts as the main customer and a beneficiary of the complex. According to the Institute’s brochure, it will consist of a number of observatories equipped with a great variety of instruments including unique ones. Design and construction are funded from the state budget. The project should be fulfilled in full by the end of 2020.

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