Prestigious European Grant for Dr. Véronique Dehant

The European Research Council (ERC) has announced the award of its prestigious Advanced Grants to 190 senior researchers. The funding, worth in total €445 million, will enable them and their teams to pursue ground-breaking ideas. One of these researchers is Dr. Véronique Dehant of ROB, with the project RotaNut: Rotation and Nutation of a wobbly Earth.

Testing is underway on NASA’s next mission to Mars

A lander called InSight, an abbreviation for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is scheduled to launch in March 2016. It will be the first mission devoted to understanding the interior structure of the Red Planet. [...]

ML 4.1 earthquake close to Ramsgate, Kent (UK)

Press release May 22, 2015 09:10

An ML 4.1 earthquake occured last night at 03h52 (local time) close to Ramsgate, Kent (UK).
The relatively great depth, estimated at 15 km, explains why no damage has been observed in the epicentral area, and why this event was felt in a broad area, up to a distance of 250 km from the epicenter. [...]

Award for Wei Huang

Wei Huang, a PhD student in the Operational Directorate “Reference System and Planetology” of the ROB, has obtained the best student paper award at the IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium and European Frequency and Time Forum 2015, in Denver, Colorado.

Wei Huang was awarded for his work on time transfer using the BeiDou satellite signals, the Chinese equivalent of the GPS. [...]

Véronique Dehant, Doctor Honoris Causa of the Paris Observatory

Véronique Dehant works at the Royal Observatory of Belgium, where she is responsible for the Operational Directorate “Reference Systems and Planetary Science”. She is also Extraordinary Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain.
She was or is involved as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) or Co-Investigator (Co-I) of several radioscience space experiments aiming at planetary geodesy and at physics [...]

European Space Weather Week – High Mass for Space Weather

More than 350 scientists from all over the world will gather in Liège, Belgium to discuss the newest insights in space weather. They try to predict solar storms and understand how these storms travel through space and can impact the Earth. Space weather is not only of interest to scientists, but it is also important for companies that, for example, [...]