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REFAG 2014 pp 129-134 | Cite as

Results from the Regional AUSTRAL VLBI Sessions for Southern Hemisphere Reference Frames

  • Lucia Plank
  • James E. J. Lovell
  • Jamie McCallum
  • Elizaveta Rastorgueva-Foi
  • Stanislav S. Shabala
  • Johannes Böhm
  • David Mayer
  • Jing Sun
  • Oleg Titov
  • Stuart Weston
  • Sergei Gulyaev
  • Tim Natusch
  • Jonathan Quick
Conference paper
Part of the International Association of Geodesy Symposia book series (IAG SYMPOSIA, volume 146)

Abstract

The AUSTRAL observing program is an initiative led by the Australian AuScope VLBI antennas in collaboration with radio telescopes in Warkworth, New Zealand, and Hartebeesthoek, South Africa. In 2014 the number of AUSTRAL sessions increased tremendously. Comparing recent results to the standard products achieved in global VLBI sessions regularly undertaken by the International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry (IVS), better accuracies in terms of baseline length repeatabilities are found for these regional AUSTRAL sessions. The network of (almost) identical small and fast telescopes as well as the technical equipment at all stations allows for new observing modes and improved operations, as such serving as a testbed for the future VLBI Global Observing System (VGOS). Special AUST-Astro sessions are used for dedicated astrometry of sparsely observed radio sources in the southern sky, as well as for detecting new radio sources for geodesy. In 2015, the AUSTRAL program will be further increased and final steps are now being undertaken for full VGOS compatibility of the three AuScope VLBI antennas. We present the latest results of the AUSTRAL sessions and give an overview of the multiple areas of research they support.

Keywords

AuScope AUSTRAL VGOS VLBI 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The AuScope Initiative is funded under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), an Australian Commonwealth Government Programme. LP, JM, and SS would like to thank the Australian Research Council for Fellowships FS1000100037, FS110200045, and DE130101399. We also acknowledge the International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry (IVS) for managing and providing VLBI data. The excellent suggestions by three reviewers were highly appreciated and helped to improve the paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucia Plank
    • 1
  • James E. J. Lovell
    • 1
  • Jamie McCallum
    • 1
  • Elizaveta Rastorgueva-Foi
    • 1
  • Stanislav S. Shabala
    • 1
  • Johannes Böhm
    • 2
  • David Mayer
    • 2
  • Jing Sun
    • 3
  • Oleg Titov
    • 4
  • Stuart Weston
    • 5
  • Sergei Gulyaev
    • 5
  • Tim Natusch
    • 5
  • Jonathan Quick
    • 6
  1. 1.School of Physical SciencesUniversity of TasmaniaHobart, TASAustralia
  2. 2.Vienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria
  3. 3.Shanghai Astronomical ObservatoryShanghaiChina
  4. 4.Geoscience AustraliaCanberra, ACTAustralia
  5. 5.Auckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand
  6. 6.Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy ObservatoryHartebeesthoekSouth Africa

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