Dr. La The Vinh from the NAVIS Centre of the Hanoi University of Science and Technology visited the NavSAS lab for three weeks for the ERICA project. ERICA - EquatoRial Ionosphere Characterization in Asia aims to monitor the ionosphere in the Southeast Asian region to characterize the local features of the Equatorial Ionospheric Anomaly (EIA) and of the Equatorial Ionospheric Trough (EIT) by means of an ad hoc campaign of geomagnetic and ionospheric measurements. ERICA is fundend under the Alcantara framework, one of the General Studies Programme - GSP carried on by the European Space Agency - ESA. The activities are designed and realized in close collaboration with external researchers of Vietnamese and Indonesian institutions that will make available their facilities and competences.
During the visit Dr. Vinh worked in close contact with NavSAS senior researchers (from ISMB and Politecnico di Torino) to review signal processing methods based on a GNSS software receiver developed by the NavSAS group/NAVIS for the processing of existing sets of GNSS raw samples.
In the last years the collaboration between NavSAS and South-East Asia speed up thanks to several projects. In particular SEAGAL (2009-2010) and Growing NAVIS (2012-2015) projects funded the setup and the consolidation of a collaboration centre on GNSS technologies in Vietnam: the NAVIS Centre in Hanoi. The Growing NAVIS project – which is coordinated by NavSAS and is ending in these months – aims to boost the collaboration between the European and South-East Asian partners within the NAVIS Centre, exploiting both the NAVIS research capabilities and the Multi-GNSS environment. From 2013, NavSAS and NAVIS are collaborating in ionosphere monitoing projects funded by the European Space Agency.