Faculty Advisor

Klein, Andrew G.

Project Center

Silicon Valley, California


Space weather can affect technology in various ways, such as altering long distance radio communication and satellite signals, diminishing the accuracy of compasses, and even destroying electrical powergrids causing blackouts to entire cities. Due to societies’ growing dependence on technologies affected, this project studied the Sun and its solar winds in an effort to predict this weather. Using data recorded by the Fast Auroral SnapshoT Explorer satellite, the final product from this project was the creation of empirical models of the Poynting and kinetic energy flux in the Earth’s atmosphere. In future work, an analytical model will be fit to these empirical models in order to further study and predict space weather.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering