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VSOP-2 project
Author(s): M. Tsuboi
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Paper Abstract

VSOP-2 project is a next generation Space-VLBI project approved in Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The nominal launch of the VSOP-2 spacecraft, ASTRO-G, is planed in FY2012 by a HIIA rocket as the 7th astronomy satellite in ISAS/JAXA. ASTRO-G satellite will employ a 9.23-m off-axis deployable reflector antenna (LDR) with a surface accuracy of 0.4 mm rms and cryogenically cooled receivers at 22, and 43 GHz and passively cooled receivers at 8 GHz in dual-polarization. A major axis of the orbit is 35,000 km, which will yield an angular resolution of 38 micro-arcseconds achievable at 43 GHz. Then VSOP-2 can observe innermost regions of AGN jets and astronomical masers at 10 times higher angular resolution compared to the previous Space-VLBI, VSOP(-1). These are ideal laboratories to experience physical phenomena in extreme conditions, which cannot be made in any laboratories on the earth. A phase-referencing capability of ASTRO-G satellite makes dramatic improvement of sensitivity and astrometric measurements possible. Basic design for the mechanical and thermal parts of ASTRO-G itself is on going. The radio telescope including the LDR is in EM phase. We would present the overview of VSOP-2 project.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7010, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 701024 (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.786888
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M. Tsuboi, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7010:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Mattheus W. M. de Graauw; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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