BRAMS (Belgian RAdio Meteor Stations) is a set of radio receiving stations using forward scattering techniques to study the meteoroid population.
The project is coordinated by the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB), in the frame of the Solar-terrestrial Centre of Excellence (STCE). Most stations will be run by Belgian radioamateurs or groups of amateur astronomers.
Two dedicated beacons located in Ieper (Western Belgium) and Dourbes (Southern Belgium) act as transmitters.
The main goals of this project are:
- To collect and standarise the meteor observations of all the stations.
- To write codes for automatic detection of underdense/overdense meteor echoes.
- To compute meteoroid flux densities for meteor showers and mass indexes for meteor showers and sporadic meteors.
- To determine individual meteor trajectories from observations of the same meteor by multiple stations (both shower meteors and sporadic ones)
- To determine orbital parameters of multi-station meteoroids
- To analyse meteor profiles in order to retrieve physical parameters such as ionization, speed and mass of the meteoroids
- To study head echoes and the so-called "epsilon" echoes
- To promote radio-observation of meteors.