NASA continued its collaboration with HTSI for the operations and maintenance of the MOBLAS-7 system. MOBLAS-7 continues to perform outstandingly despite the reduction in operational shifts. The system is used by NASA to test all upgrades and modifications to the NASA network prior to being installed in the field sites. The station is continuing one shift operations, five days per week.
NASA continued its collaboration with Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and the University of French Polynesia (UFP) for the operations and maintenance of the MOBLAS-8 system in Tahiti, French Polynesia. The Tahiti Geodetic Observatory
recently named Dr. Jean Pierre Barriot as its new Director. The station was affected by the removal of a NASA operator and trainer due to budget reduction in 2004. The staff has done an excellent job operating and maintaining the station despite poor weather
conditions at times. originally shipped to
MOBLAS-8 system in August 1997. The
system is collocated with a two shift operations, five days
GPS and per week.
NASA re-newed its collaboration with the Universidad Nacional de San Agustin (UNSA) for the operations and maintenance of the TLRS-3 system in October 2005. The TLRS-3 crew working with Honeywell Technical Solutions Incorporated (HTSI) engineers began restoring the site to full operations. The restoration of the site included repairs to the laser, controller computer, HP5370, gimbal, dome controller, and telescope. The system’s first light was September 23, 2006. As of the October 16, 2006, 90 pass segments had been acquired with a data quality of < 10 mm RMS on Lageos. The average ground calibration was at the 5.4 mm level. The station is providing two shift operations, day and night, five days per week.