The VLBI Space Observatory Programme-2 (VSOP-2) is an international
Space Very Long Baseline Interferometry (Space VLBI) mission based
on the Japanese-led ASTRO-G program. ASTRO-G has been approved for
launch in early 2013 by the
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Funding for the Japanese portion of the mission is provided by the
Ministry of Education, Culture,
Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT); space and ground elements
of the mission in Japan are led by the
Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) and the
National Astronomical Observatory
of Japan NAOJ. Proposed US participation in VSOP-2 includes a
US Science Team, science telemetry (tracking) station(s), precision orbit determination,
and co-observing by the
Very Long Baseline Array. More specific details about the
VSOP-2 mission, the mission science, and the proposed US role
may be found via the links provided on the left.
Hosted by NRAO on behalf of the US VSOP-2 Science Team.