PILA’s Rugby Goal Posts in World-Leading Science Project

In a sport-obsessed country like Australia it’s no surprise to find La Trobe University’s Department of Electronic Engineering incorporating rugby goal posts into their Tiger-3 Digital Radar.

From Rugby to Radar

The innovative concept consists of wires strung between the 28 rugby goal posts that were specially customised by PILA. PILA was honoured to be approached for such a unique opportunity, and Managing Director, Reece Wooldridge, was involved throughout their design and manufacture, modifying to the university’s exact specifications.

The Radar’s Purpose

Tiger-3 was developed to study the earth’s ionosphere and space weather, a field that is vitally significant to modern society. Solar flares and other phenomena impact navigation and surveillance systems for shipping and aircraft, GPS systems, and weather prediction. Forecasting space storms and their severity will help defend our highly technical world from disruptions to communication systems, satellites and even widespread blackouts.

Best in the World

This goal post radar eclipses all other research radars. It is ten times more sensitive, has a longer range, and a wider field of view, and will be able to detect objects and structures not previously visible. It is so powerful it could replace dozens of other measurement tools according to engineer Dr Eddie Custovic. At present there are 33 radars around the world being used to study the ionosphere, and Tiger-3 is the best and only fully digital one. Being digital it can be operated remotely from Melbourne while situated in Buckland Park, a suburb north of Adelaide.

Who would have thought that some humble Australian rugby goal posts would go on to become part of an international weather research project? It’s great to see Australians kicking goals in world-class science (through PILA’s rugby goal posts!).

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