Dr. Huib Jan van Langevelde is the new director of JIVE

Huib Jan van Langevelde (44) has been a member of the JIVE staff for 12 years, holding various positions. Recently he has managed various international projects related to astronomical user software and computing. His astronomical research focuses on the circumstellar matter around young and old stars, with an emphasis on astrophysical masers.

First 512 Mbps e-EVN image from six stations

On the 26th of June the e-EVN carried out the first 512 Mbps observations with six stations. The target source (J0000+4054, a compact symmetric object) was observed for about three hours.

First e-EVN image using 512 Mbps data rate

The e-EVN has achieved its first operational experimental run at 512 Mbps.

JIVE launches NorthStar proposal tool

A new web-based proposal tool, NorthStar, has been adopted by the EVN. To submit an application for time on the EVN, go to the NorthStar website, register as a new user and follow the instructions given in the help file that you will find on the welcome page.

Public Open Day at JIVE

As part of its committment to public outreach, JIVE is opening its doors to the general public on Sunday, 22nd October 2006. There will be activities, displays and multimedia demonstrations of the work that we do here at JIVE. There will also be plenty of opportunities to talk to our members of staff about all aspects of astronomy and VLBI in particular. All are welcome from 12:00 to 17:00 hours.

Radio astronomers record final moments of SMART-1 spacecraft

The European Space Agency's SMART-1 spacecraft completed its almost three year mission early Sunday, 3 September, with a controlled impact with the surface of the Moon. A network of radio telescopes, led by European radio astronomers from JIVE observed SMART-1 and recorded key data during its final moments and impact.

Radio astronomers listen to a swan song from the Moon

European radio astronomers led by a team from JIVE will monitor radio transmissions from SMART-1 using TIGO (Transportable Integrated Geodetic Observatory, Concepcion, Chile), ROEN (Northeastern Space Radio Observatory, Fortaleza, Brazil), Mt. Pleasant Observatory (Hobart, Australia) and the Australia Telescope Compact Array (Narrabri, NSW, Australia).

JIVE VLBI team tracks SMART-1 lunar satellite

The JIVE VLBI team has run a successful tracking campaign in the run-up to the planned impact of the ESA SMART-1 spacecraft with the moon in 3rd September 2006. "It is exciting that worldwide radio telescopes can listen to SMART-1 until impact", said Bernard Foing, SMART-1 Project Scientist. More details are available in the ESA press release

e-VLBI project wins IDEA award

The e-VLBI project, led at JIVE by Arpad Szomoru, has received a prestigious award for its progress in high speed data transfer at the inaugural IDEA awards ceremony held on April 21st 2006. The winning team comprised Arpad Szomoru (JIVE), Alan Whitney (MIT Haystack Observatory), Yasuhiro Koyama (NICT) and Hisao Uose (NTT Laboratories GEMnet2/GALAXY Project).

JIVE evaluation: ESF Panel Report Published

In late January 2006, a panel set-up by the European Science Foundation visited JIVE in order to review our activities over the last 5 years. The Panel's Evaluation Report is very positive and was approved by the ESF Executive Board a few days ago.
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