dear bill kroener,
> thank you for your response. i was surprised to get a response, but
anytime. this belongs to the open policy of eiscat to have our contact info available, so that people can ask what's going on. the research conducted in eiscat is non-commercial (and strictly non-military) i.e. it is based on public funds gathered from the associate countries. at least for me, this means that i have a responsibility to respond to the questions concerning my studies.
> according to some basic physics calculations, the rocket launch would
> have had to occur somewhere near your facility... if it were launched
> from the white sea, it should have been spotted over russia and
> several other countries, yet the only sighting was from norway... you
> don't fire missiles from your facility, do you?
eiscat does not have any rocket launch capabilities. we have done some joint measurements with the scientific rockets launched from andoya rocket range, but at the time of the spiral, there was no rocket launched from andoya. my earlier statement, that the spiral was caused by a russian rocket, was based on the press release where the russian authorities confirmed that it was their rocket. however, to give any
comments on the trajectory of the rocket, for example, would be far beyond my responsibility and profession here.
i'm aware of a zoo of speculations on this matter and in my mind people have a fundamental right to believe/not-to-believe whatever they want. but in a case someone is interested, a final comment from my side is that
a) eiscat had no information about the rocket beforehand and
b) (therefore obviously) nothing to do with the spiral.
all the best,