In order to extend and strengthen the bonds of scientific collaborations between China and Argentina, the Director of the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC), Jun Yan, and the Director of the National Geographic Institute (IGN), Sergio Cimbaro, signed a cooperation agreement in the fields of geodesy and applied astrometry.
On Tuesday, May 6, Professor Jinzeng Li – principal investigator of the CART Project (China – Argentina Radio Telescope) – visited the facilities of IGN on behalf of Professor Jun Yan. In this context was sealed the cooperation agreement between the two institutions, which is intended to the implementation and operation of the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GPS/GLONASS/Galileo/COMPASS) to facilitate geodetic research for the long-term benefit of both countries.
In late June of this year, the NAOC will contribute by lending a complete set of GNSS system – including antenna, receiver and control panel – which will be located at the headquarters of IGN, in Argentina. The Institute will provide logistics and local support services, such as a stable power supply, a fixed a static IP and a specific internet connection to the GNSS system.
China”s new GNSS system will be tested over a period of 90 days. If the results are successful, there are chances that China”s new GNSS systems may be available in the near future to update other IGN periods for collaborative researches. All observational data and scientific achievements will be shared by researchers from both Argentina and China.
The National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have had a harmonious and fruitful collaboration with the National University of San Juan in the past two decades. For example, in the Talacasto desert, is going to be built in the next two years, the China-Argentina Radio Telescope, 40 meters in diameter. The NOAC-IGN agreement is part of these actions and shows that it is possible to execute international projects in a participatory and collaborative manner.