New Directors of NAVIS Centre Print Email

On December 15th, 2012, based on the nomination of the Dean of School of Electronics and Telecommunication and the Dean of School of Information and Communication Technology as well as the approval of the Supporting Institutions, the Rector of Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) appointed Dr. Ta Hai Tung as the new director of NAVIS Centre.

Also, based on the Agreement between Politecnico di Torino (Polito) and HUST, as well as the approval of the Supporting Institutions, the Rectors of Polito and HUST have agreed to appoint Prof. Gustavo Belforte as the co-director of NAVIS Centre.

The Official Appointment Ceremony will be held in Hanoi on February 9th, 2012.

This new organization of the Executive Committee of NAVIS promises to develop the Centre in all of its activities towards the objective of becoming an international recognizable GNSS centre.

A/Prof. Dao Ngoc Chien, the ex-director of NAVIS, has been promoted to be the Vice-Director of Department of High Technologies, Ministry of Science and Technology. NAVIS thanks A/Prof. Chien for the works he had done for the Centre and wishes him luck in his new position.

 
NAVIS is accepted to host a JAXA Multi-GNSS monitoring site Print Email

On 12/12/2011, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced that the application of NAVIS for “JAXA’s Hosting sites for Multi-GNSS Monitoring Network (MGM-net)” had been accepted. So NAVIS is going to host one of the first 20 sites (the core of MGM-net) in the Asian Pacific region. JAXA intends to expand the network to the global level with 60 sites by the end of 2013. The MGM-net aims at:

  • Improving Precise Orbit Determination (POD) accuracy, i.e. orbit and clock offset estimation for the Quasi Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), the Japanese Satellite Based Augmentation System for GPS; contributing to the accuracy improvement for Precise Point Positioning (PPP) applications.
  • Extending current POD function for GPS/QZSS to also include multiple GNSS constellations, and to generate error correction and integrity information which can be broadcast from QZSS to support the multi-GNSS demonstration campaign.

The installation of the site at NAVIS is foreseen to be completed within February 2012. This application success can be considered as an achievement, which could pave the way for cooperation activities among Japanese as well as other partners of MGM-Net and NAVIS Centre in the GNSS field.

Congratulation to NAVIS!!!

 
SEA-EU-NET Stakeholders Conference Print Email

Navis people at SEA-EU-NET Stakeholders Conference

Participants of the Conference (Prof. Gabriella Povero is the leftmost of the seating row; and Dr. Ta Hai Tung is just behind her)

On November 15-16, 2011, Prof. Gabriella Povero and Dr. Ta Hai Tung attended the 4th SEA-EU-NET Stakeholders Conference entitled: ASEAN-EU YEAR OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION 2012 (Research & Innovation Potentials for closer ASEAN-EU Cooperation), in Melia hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam. This event is organized by the SEA-EU-NET project, which was launched in 2008 and set to run until December 2012. The project has 22 partner organizations across Europe and Southeast Asia. Already, SEA-EU-NET has made inroads into delivering a closer Europe-Southeast Asia partnership, especially in framework of the European Commission's Seventh Framework programme (FP7), the EC’s €53 billion programme for funding research.

The Conference was highlighted by the official launch of the ASEAN-EU Year of Science, Technology and Innovation 2012, an initiative to foster bi-regional STI cooperation comprehensively. In the Conference, policy makers, experts and researchers from both ASEAN and EU regions shared knowledge, view point, research projects results, etc. that facilitate closer cooperation between SEA and EU in science and technology. Especially, there were three thematic sessions focused on: EU Ecological Footprint in SEA; Green/Sustainable cities; and Water management/Water security.

It should be stressed that Navis people has coordinated two projects, namely JEAGAL and SEAGAL, among 150 joint ASEAN/EU projects so far. Moreover, Growing Navis, another EU FP7 funded project, has been approved and the project kick-off meeting is scheduled in Turin, Italy, in March 2012. Growing Navis, which could be consider as the next step of SEAGAL, has partners from Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Spain, France, Germany and Italy  and aims to develop Navis Centre in all of its activities.


 
First two Galileo satellites are launched today Print Email

Europe is finally set to begin the rollout of its long-awaited satellite navigation system, Galileo.

The Soyuz rocket stands ready on its new launch pad in Sinnamary, French Guiana

Today (Oct 20th 2011), the first two Galileo satellites will ride to orbit atop a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana. The pair incorporate next-generation technologies that should deliver more precise timing and location data than the current American GPS network. A further 28 satellites will be needed to complete its orbiting constellation. So far, the European Commission (EC), which initiated the project, has purchased only 18 satellites. These will fly between now and early 2015.

Lift-off for the Soyuz is timed for 07:34 local time (10:34 GMT; 11:34 BST). (Watch online)

(Full news at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15372540)

 
UN/Vietnam Workshop visits HUST and Navis Print Email

Delegation of UN/Vietnam Workshop visits HUST and Navis

On October 13th 2011, the delegation of UN/Vietnam Workshop "Space Technology Applications for Socio-Economic Benefits" visited Hanoi University of Science and Technlogy and the Navis Centre. The delegation included 50 policy makers, experts and researchers from 23 countries all over the world.

UN Delegation at HUST

At the reception, HUST’s Vice President, Prof. Ha Duyen Tu, welcomed the delegation to visit HUST. On behalf of the workshop, Prof. Doan Minh Chung - Director of Space Technology Institute, Vietnam Academic of Science and Technology -; and Prof. Hans Haubold - United Nations Office for Outer space Affairs (UNOOSA), chair of the workshop - thanked HUST for the warmly welcome.

Prof. Ha Duyen Tu, HUST's Vice-President

Prof. Hans Haubold, Chair of the Workshop

Dr Khanh introduces HUST

Dr. Nguyen Phu Khanh, vice-director of the Department of International Relations - HUST, was introducing HUST to the delegation.

On behalf of Navis, Dr. Tung Hai Ta introduced the structure as well as all the activities of the Centre (download the presentation).

Dr Tung introduces Navis

Dr. Tung was presenting Navis

After the reception, the delegation visited Navis Centre at Ta Quang Buu Library building. The delegation was impressed with the achievements of Navis after one year of establishment. There were many discussions among people of Navis and the workshop, which promise future cooperation in the field of GNSS.

 
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