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The NAVOBSY/NRL Program for the Determination of Earth Rotation and Polar Motion

  • K. J. Johnston (a1), J. H. Spencer (a1), C. H. Mayer (a1), W. J. Klepczynski (a2), G. Kaplan (a2), D. D. McCarthy (a2) and G. Westerhout (a2)...

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The joint program of NAVOBSY/NRL is discussed.

The United States Naval Observatory (NAVOBSY) and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) are collaborating in a program to apply radio interferometric techniques to the determination of variations in Earth rotation, polar motion, and improved astronomical position reference systems. Investigations of VLBI and connected interferometer techniques and radio sources for astrometic application have been in progress for several years as part of the NRL radio astronomy program, and currently NRL and NAVOBSY are carrying out experimental programs to investigate VLBI time transfer techniques and UT determination using the connected element interferometer of the NRAO in Green Bank. Some previous results of observations using the Green Bank interferometer and proposed plans for operation as a dedicated system over a period of time to evaluate effectiveness for precise determination of Earth rotation parameters are discussed.

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