Research Group
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Centre of Excellence (STCE)

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Royal Observatory of Belgium



The Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB)

The Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB) is a federal research institute, working under the aegis of the Belgian Federal Science Policy (BELSPO). The ROB staff is composed of about 145 people from which 80 are permanent members and 65 are scientific members. The ROB research is mainly concentrated on the Earth (space geodesy, seismology, gravimetry, Earth's rotation), the Sun (coronal holes, solar activity, sun spots, space weather) and the stars.

More about ROB can be found on the ROB website here.


Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence



Belgian Science Policy Office



The Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence (STCE)

The Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence (STCE) is a scientific and application oriented project funded by the Belgian government which aims at the creation of an international expert centre and the valorization of Solar and Solar-Terrestrial research and services. The STCE clusters the know-how, activities and expertise of 3 Belgian Federal institutes in a tight network:

  ROB Logo Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB)
  RMI Logo Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI)
  BIRA Logo Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB)

More about STCE can be found on the STCE website here.




GNSS Research at ROB

The Department "Space Geodesy and Geodynamics" at the ROB performs research on topics including space geodesy, seismology, gravimetry, Earth's rotation and time transfer. It has a long tradition of collaboration in international astronomical and geodetic campaigns for monitoring the form and dimensions of the Earth. In 1988, a research program focusing on the Global Positioning System (GPS) was set up within this department. Today, the original GPS research program has been extended to all Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), e.g. GPS, GLONASS (the Russian navigation system), and GALILEO (the upcoming European navigation system).

The primary public mission of the GNSS research group, which is part of the legal mission of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, is to integrate Belgium in international reference frames, both in time and space. This task is only possible through observations, research and data analysis.

Our GNSS research group uses GNSS satellite navigation signals for different multi-disciplinary applications:

  1. Monitoring of ground deformations
  2. Reference frame maintenance
  3. Time and frequency transfer
  4. Monitoring the Earth's atmosphere

More about the research carried out by the GNSS team at the ROB can be found on the gnss.be website here.