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The Australian mixed-mode observing program

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McCallum, L and Lim, CC and Krasna, H and McCallum, J and Bohm, J and McCarthy, T and Gruber, J and Schartner, M and Quick, J and Rogers, A, The Australian mixed-mode observing program, Journal of Geodesy, 96 Article 67. ISSN 0949-7714 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00190-022-01657-2

Abstract

Global geodetic VLBI is upgrading to its next-generation observing system, VGOS. This upgrade has turned out to be a process over multiple years, until VGOS reaches its full capabilities with the envisaged continuous observations. Until then, for the Australian stations, the upgrade means ceasing their legacy S/X observations, leaving a large gap in the global network as well as in the station time series. The Australian mixed-mode observing program is a series of sessions where the VGOS stations in Hobart and Katherine observe legacy S/X VLBI together with other stations in the region. This paper describes the technical details of these observations and their processing strategies and discusses their suitability for geodetic results by comparison with those of standard legacy S/X sessions. The presented mixed-mode sessions allow a continuation of the station time series, a benefit for the stations themselves as well as for future realisations of the terrestrial and celestial reference frames. A novel mode of observing is introduced and tested. The results are promising and it is suggested for acceptance into standard legacy S/X IVS observations, overcoming current gaps in the network due to VGOS upgrades and preventing a worsening of global results otherwise.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:VLBI, mixed mode
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geophysics
Research Field:Geodesy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:McCallum, L (Dr Lucia McCallum)
UTAS Author:Lim, CC (Mr Chin Chuan Lim)
UTAS Author:McCallum, J (Dr Jamie McCallum)
UTAS Author:McCarthy, T (Dr Tiege McCarthy)
ID Code:153867
Year Published:2022
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DE180100245)
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2022-10-12
Last Modified:2023-01-09
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