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The Space Geodynamics Laboratory
has been involved in four major activities.
1. Space VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry), involved a collaboration
in the planning of the Russian-led `Radioastron'' space VLBI mission, intended
to place a 10 m diameter antenna in Earth orbit. The laboratory, with Canadian
Space Agency support, had previously supported the Japanese-led VSOP space VLBI
mission through the provision of data record and playback systems to a world-wide
missions involved assisting the navigation of the Japanese Nozomi spacecraft on
its second fly-by of Earth en-route to Mars.
Geodetic VLBI involved a collaboration with the Geodetic Survey Division of NRCan,
in developing and deploying the ``S2'' geodetic VLBI system for establishing fundamental,
geodetic control points and Earth Orientation Parameters (EOP) referenced to the
International Celestial Reference Frame (ICRF).
4. SGL has been collaborating with Defence Research
and Development Canada (DRDC) in a series of proof-of-concept demonstrations of
the use of the 46 m antenna of the Algonquin Radio Observatory for radar surveillance
of geostationary targets.