Soccer Ball

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Comments (19)

Jessica G. on February 15, 2008

Can you guess what this building is used for?

Andrew Spargo on February 15, 2008

I'm guessing it's either a satellite telecommunications receiver, or a gigantic immitation of a soccer ball ;)

Jessica G. on February 15, 2008

Close-ish on the satellite guess, but not quite. It sure does look like a soccer ball, that's why I titled it that way! :)

Andrew Spargo on February 16, 2008 it a satellite tracking device then?

Cleber Lima on February 16, 2008

Cell phone tower! ;-)

Cleber Lima on February 16, 2008

hmmm, thinking better (now that I saw the aiport so close), this could be a radar and... I could guess that we are seeing just the back side. Am I right? ;-) Cheers, Cleber

Josef Grohs on February 16, 2008

I would say this is a radar- station. These ball-like constructions serves as a dome (shelter) for the rotating radar-antennas. We have two big "soccer- balls" here on the Koralpe. See on GE the fotos on positions 46°47´39´´N, 14°57´08´´E and 46°47´28´´N, 14°57´25´´E. This balls are definitely radar-domes. GG

Ryan Calhoun on February 16, 2008

Agreed. It's a radar dome. Based on the material properties, probably reinforced fiberglass, the dome is constructed with a certain thickness to match the wavelength of the radar waves. Since the waves pass through the dome without any interference or reflection, this makes the dome completely invisible to the radar antenna, which as Guiseppe says, is happy rotating away inside.

Cheers, Ryan

Josef Grohs on February 16, 2008

Hi Ryan, you know what you are speaking of! GG

Jessica G. on February 16, 2008

Guiseppe and Ryan, you're right. This is (as far as we can tell) the Doppler weather radar station for our area.

© Sonny☼ on February 18, 2008

Whatever it's for - it's a beautiful PIC!!!

snntss on March 13, 2008

I would say this is a nuclear reactor.

zacman24 on April 7, 2008

Actually It belongs to Edmonton International Airport, as they handle all Air Traffic Controlling for Aircraft between Vancouver and Winnipeg Center. It is a Radar Dome,(Ryan and Gussepie are both right) I worked at the Calgary International airport for almost 6 years and know people who service that equipment.

cloud7 on May 1, 2009

I believe this is what is called a Terminal Doppler Weather Radar primarily used to detect "Microbursts", which are especially dangerous for landing aircrafts.

stoneboat on July 6, 2009

Hi Jessica! Looks like I just joined the Doppler Weather Radar club. I had no idea what this thing was! :)

mrbarryb on January 28, 2010

The position of the radar is actually 300m north and 100m west of where the photo is placed. Great shot.

Jessica G. on January 28, 2010

Hi mrbarryb, I placed the marker around where I was when I took the photo, not where the radar itself is. Thanks!

davehuckleberry55 on May 21, 2010

It's Doppler Radar.

sanfordg@telusplanet… on August 17, 2013

To be more precise this a Terminal Surveilance Radar owned and operated by Nav Canada corporation. This one provides for the safe separation and Air Traffic Control associated to Calgary International Airport. It has both a primary and secondary radar function. Not a Doppler weather radar. Uses monopulse techniques for both applications.

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Photo taken in Northeast Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada

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  • Uploaded on February 15, 2008
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    by Jessica G.