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Red Atlantica de Estaciones Geodinamicas y Espaciales (RAEGE)

Project RAEGE (for an Atlantic Network of Geodynamical and Space Stations) is setting up a Spanish-Portuguese network of four Geodetic Fundamental Stations, two in Spain (in Yebes and Canary Islands), and two in Azores Islands, as part of the developments needed for VGOS.

Each Geodetic Fundamental Station will be equipped with one radiotelescope of VLBI2010 specifications (13.2-m diameter, able to operate up to 90 GHz, fast slewing speed), one gravimeter, one permanent GNSS station and, at least at the Yebes site, one SLR facility. The National Geographical Institute of Spain (IGN) has experience in VLBI, being member of the European VLBI Network since 1993 and founder institute of the Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE), and it is participating in geodetic VLBI campaigns with the 14-m radiotelescope in Yebes since 1995. A new 40-m radiotelescope has been built and recently put in operation, already participating in IVS campaigns.

An agreement between IGN and the Autonomous Regional Government of the Azores ensures the RAEGE project to become a reality. Construction of the first antenna, in Yebes, is expected to provide data by autumn 2013. Construction of the antenna in Santa Maria has already started.