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The Japanese space VLBI mission after VSOP

Authors
Journal
Advances in Space Research
0273-1177
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
26
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0273-1177(99)01205-3

Abstract

Abstract The working group for next Japanese space VLBI science mission was formed at ISAS in May 1997. Even though the mission profile is not concrete yet, a strawman model is presented here together with strategic thoughts. A 10 m class antenna with cryogenically cooled Low Noise Amplifiers (LNAs) with 5, 22 and 43 GHz observing bands and a better orbit for imaging, together with a 1 Gbps data transmission rate for much increased science is the model. A launch before 2007 is envisaged.

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