Early August, the renowned Space Studies Programme (SSP) from the International Space University visits ASTRON in Dwingeloo.

Published by the editorial team, 31 July 2018

The SSP is a nine-week graduate top-level professional development program conducted by the International Space University (ISU). The curriculum covers the principal space related fields, both non-technical and technical and ranges from policy and law, business and management and humanities to life sciences, engineering, physical sciences and space applications. SSP participants are high potential scientists and engineers in the field of space in their early career from 35 different countries.
This year, the SSP takes place from 25 June to 24 August in the Netherlands, hosted by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO), in close collaboration with Delft University of Technology, Leiden University and the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESA-ESTEC) in Noordwijk. The program is packed with a wide variety of activities including lectures by renowned experts, hands-on activities and projects, team work assignments, and professional visits, such as visits to industry and academia. ASTRON, the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE) and the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA) are sponsors of the SSP and collectively organise a visit to Dwingeloo.
During the visit participants will learn about the institutes, they will get tours through the facilities, learn about telescope engineering, the James Webb Telescope, space VLBI and Space Weather, and visit the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR). Radio and Optical/Infrared technology provide a unique window on the Universe allowing the study of many transformative science areas.

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On June 13-17, the LOFAR Family Meeting took place in Cologne. After two years LOFAR researchers could finally meet in person again. The meeting brings together LOFAR users and researchers to share new scientific results.

Our renewed ‘Melkwegpad’ (Milky Way Path) is finished! The new signs have texts in Dutch on the one side and in English on the other side. The signs concerning planets have a small, 3D printed model of that planet in their centre.
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The background drawing shows how the subband correlator calculates the array correlation matrix. In the upper left the 4 UniBoard2s we used. The two ACM plots in the picture show that the phase differences of the visibilities vary from 0 to 360 degrees.

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One of the key specifications of LOFAR2.0 is measuring using the low- and the highband antenna at the same time. For this measurement we used 9 lowband antenna and 3 HBA tiles.