The Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Research Laboratory (MIRL) at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS), University of New Hampshire contributes to a variety of research projects in space physics. The lab primarily focuses on the development of instrumentation for ground-based, rocket-based, and satellite observations of space physics phenomena and analysis of the resulting observations.

Current research projects include:

  • Ground-based observations from ultra low frequency (ULF) and extremely low frequency (ELF) search-coil magnetometers for the study of magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling and its relationship with auroral phenomena.
  • Rocket-borne observations from a low light imager, UV Photomultiplier Tube, particle detector for in-situ auroral measurements.
  • Data analysis from a variety of satellite data including the recently launched e-POP satellite.


Updated News



  • 18 April 2016 -- Our friends in Longyearbyen were recently featured in an article highlighting research throughout Europe. The article features quotes from people at UNIS, KHO, and EISCAT, all key contributors to the success of RENU 2!



  • 20 February 2016 -- Cold, snowy winter got you down? There's reason to cheer up at the University of New Hampshire, home to the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Research Lab. bestcollegevalues.org has deemed UNH the country's most beautiful college in the winter!

  • 13 December 2015 -- RENU 2 launched successfully into the dayside cusp!!! A short news release has been posted by the Andoya Space Center website.

  • November 27, 2015 -- RENU 2 is on the rail and ready for launch. Winds the first day at the launch site prohibited an actual launch but the team remains optimistic that a launch will come soon. The window goes until mid-December but we hope to launch much sooner!

  • November 24, 2015 -- RENU 2 is in the news! NASA's webpage posted an article today talking about RENU and CAPER, the other mission on the rail.

  • November 12, 2015 -- RENU 2 has arrived at the launch site in Andoya! Integration finished without any major issues and the team passed through the Mission Readiness Review (MRR) a few days later. The payload was taken back apart, put into crates and boxes, and shipped over to Norway. Now the team must begin reassembling the entire rocket again to prepare for flight.

    Feel free to check out NASA's webpage about the mission as well.


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