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Ludwig Combrinck
Type of contribution: oral

Contributions of HartRAO to Space Geodesy, Astrometry and related disciplines

Ludwig Combrinck, Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory Roelf Botha, Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory Philip Mey, Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory Alet de Wit, Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory Jonathan Quick, Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory

The Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO), located in South Africa, has been active for several decades in the various fields of space geodesy and astrometry. Within the framework of the VLBI Global Observing System (VGOS, HartRAO has commenced with a project to install a VGOS antenna, which will supplement the existing 26-m and 15-m antennas. We have added geophysical instruments on site and are expanding our activities on Marion Island, Gough Island and Antarctica. In support of the African VLBI Network (AVN), we are part of an international team that will provide training, equipment upgrade and new installations in Africa in support of the AVN and Square Kilometre Array (SKA). We will also increase our support for the RadioAstron VLBI satellite, by including ground control and data downlink capacity. Here we report on progress to date and sketch our plans for the next 3 years.