Articles | Volume 39, issue 3
Regular paper
12 May 2021
Regular paper |  | 12 May 2021

Planetary radar science case for EISCAT 3D

Torbjørn Tveito, Juha Vierinen, Björn Gustavsson, and Viswanathan Lakshmi Narayanan

Model code and software

TorbjornTveito/E3D-planetary-science: E3D-planetary-science Torbjørn Tveito and Juha Vierinen

Short summary
This work explores the role of EISCAT 3D as a tool for planetary mapping. Due to the challenges inherent in detecting the signals reflected from faraway bodies, we have concluded that only the Moon is a viable mapping target. We estimate the impact of the ionosphere on lunar mapping, concluding that its distorting effects should be easily manageable. EISCAT 3D will be useful for mapping the lunar nearside due to its previously unused frequency (233 MHz) and its interferometric capabilities.