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VSOP-2 workshop

20:00 Fri 09 Mar to 10:00 Sat 10 Mar 2007

ATNF Marsfield Lecture Theatre


Following the success of the VLBI Space Observatory Programme (VSOP), a next generation space VLBI mission, VSOP-2, has been approved by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). For VSOP-2, higher observing frequencies, cooled receivers, increased bandwidths and a larger telescope diameter will result in gains in resolution and sensitivity by factors of 10 over the VSOP mission. The possibility of including a rapid slewing capability for the spacecraft is also being pursued, so that observations using the phase-referencing technique will enable the sensitivity to be improved even further. This worshop will review progress with plans for the VSOP-2 project and consider the possibilities for southern hemisphere contributions to the project.

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Phil Edwards

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