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HALCA: the radio telescope for the space VLBI mission
Author(s): Y. Murata; Hisashi Hirabayashi; Hideyuki Kobayashi; H. Hirosawa; P. Edwards; Tsuneo Kii; Yoshiharu Asaki; K. Wajima; M. Inoue; T. Miyaji; K. Shibata; Kenta Fujisawa; R. Okayasu; Noriyuki Kawaguchi; S. Kameno
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Paper Abstract

The Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) launched the first space VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry) satellite, HALCA, in February 1997. After completing a series of engineering experiments to verify space-VLBI observations, the first VLBI fringes and images were obtained in May and in June, respectively. HALCA has now been operated for science observations at 1.6 and 5 GHz for the VSOP (VLBI Space Observatory Programme) project in cooperation with many organizations and radio telescopes around the world. In this paper the current science activities of the mission are reviewed and results presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 July 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4015, Radio Telescopes, (3 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390413
Show Author Affiliations
Y. Murata, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Hisashi Hirabayashi, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Hideyuki Kobayashi, National Astronomical Observatory (Japan)
H. Hirosawa, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
P. Edwards, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Tsuneo Kii, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Yoshiharu Asaki, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
K. Wajima, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
M. Inoue, National Astronomical Observatory (Japan)
T. Miyaji, National Astronomical Observatory (United States)
K. Shibata, National Astronomical Observatory (Japan)
Kenta Fujisawa, National Astronomical Observatory (Japan)
R. Okayasu, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Noriyuki Kawaguchi, National Astronomical Observatory (Japan)
S. Kameno, National Astronomical Observatory (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4015:
Radio Telescopes
Harvey R. Butcher, Editor(s)

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