We have numerous local and
international partners, the most important ones are (in alphabetical order):
GFZ (Potsdam) operates a
Satellite Laser Ranger and is involved in global Space Geodesy projects at a
very high level. Our collaborations are in the field of gravity, GPS, Tide
Gauge and SLR.
KACST operates a SLR in Saudi
Arabia, but would like to develop towards a Fundamental Geodetic Site, in
parallel with our development of a new station.
The owner of
the historical town of Matjiesfontein, David Rawdon, expressed his interest to make available a
suitable piece of land on the farm, to house the new Space Geodetic facility (IISGEO)
that we want to establish.
We are currently in the
second 10 year agreement with the Goddard Space Flight Centre, for operating a
Satellite Laser Ranging station for them (MOBLAS6).
NLC is a partner in the
development of a novel laser system to be used in the Satellite and Lunar Laser
Ranger of the new station.
NRE helps with matters
relating site surveying towards establishing the new station at a suitable
donated a 1m optical telescope, which is to be refurbished in South Africa for
use as part of the new Satellite
and Lunar Laser Ranger. OCA will be involved with the development,
implementation and science products of the new S/LLR.
University of Pretoria
is to provide space for the refurbishment of the telescope donated by OCA. We
also collaborate on the establishment of a post-graduate Space Geodesy program
at the university.
This page was last updated on 2008/05/07 04:58 -0700 by Roelf Botha and Ludwig Combrinck