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The Australian Space Research Program Project: Platform Technologies for Space Atmosphere and Climate: Progress and Preliminary Results

  • K. ZhangEmail author
  • J. Sang
  • C. S. Wang
  • J. C. Bennett
  • B. Carter
  • R. Norman
  • S. Wu
Conference paper
Part of the International Association of Geodesy Symposia book series (IAG SYMPOSIA, volume 139)

Abstract

This paper introduces the multi-million-dollar Australian Space Research Program (ASRP) Project—“Platform Technologies for Space Atmosphere and Climate,” recently awarded to an international consortium led by RMIT University, and reports the current progress and some results achieved so far. The project is part of the Australian Government’s recent space-related initiatives to support national strategic, economic and social objectives. Its main focus is developing new algorithms, new approaches, and software and system platforms for enhancing Australia’s capability in space-related research and promoting innovative applications of space-related cutting-edge technologies in Australia. The aim and objectives, major research tasks, anticipated outcomes and key issues related to Australian space research and space industry are outlined and the progresses recently made and some selected key results are reported.

Keywords

Atmospheric modelling GPS RO Ray-tracing Space tracking 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to gratefully acknowledge the Australian government’s research grant support for this project through the Australian Space Research Program (ASRP) project.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Zhang
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. Sang
    • 1
  • C. S. Wang
    • 1
  • J. C. Bennett
    • 1
  • B. Carter
    • 1
  • R. Norman
    • 1
  • S. Wu
    • 1
  1. 1.SPACE Research Centre, School of Mathematical and Geospatial SciencesRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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