INTAS Final Reports on RESEARCH PROJECT AND NETWORK GRANTS
Ref. No 2001-0669
Open Call 2001
Title: Optical and radar ecological monitoring of near-Earth space environment for the control of technogenic pollution and natural hazard assessment due to asteroids
INTAS Ref. No 2001-0669
June 1, 2002
Prof. Zigurds Sika, Institute of Physical Energetics, Aizkraukles 21, Riga, LV-1006, Latvia, phone: 7576635, e-mail: email@example.com
Person in charge of Management:
Mr. Igor Molotov, Smolnaya str. 63-185, Moscow, 125445, Russia, phone: 7 (095) 152-95-94, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Institute of Physical Energetics - LAS, Aizkraukles 21, Riga, LV-1006, Latvia Riga, Latvia; the team leader is Prof. Zigurds Sika, email@example.com
Institute of Radioastronomy - INAF, Noto VLBI Station, Ctr.da Renna, Noto (Sr),
96017, Italy, the team leader is Dr. Gino Tuccari, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics -RAS, Miusskaya square, 4, Moscow, 125047,
Russia, the team leader is Dr. Victor Stepaniants, e-mail: email@example.com
Central Astronomical Observatory at Pulkovo - RAS, Pulkovskoe shosse 65/1, 196140
St.-Peterburg, Russia, the team leader is Dr. Victor L'vov, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Control and Space Facilities Test Center, Sakskiy region of Crimea, Ukraine, The team leader is Mr. Vladimir Nesteruk, e-mail: email@example.com
Special Research Bureau of Moscow Power Engineering Institute,Krasnokazarmennaya str., 14, Moscow, 111250, Russia, the team leader is Dr. Yuriy Gorshenkov, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Radio physical Research Institute, Bolshaya Pecherskaya str., 25, Nizhny Novgorod, 603950, Russia, the team leader is Dr. Nikolay Dugin, e-mail: email@example.com
Andromeda Company Ltd., Avangardnaya str., 8-2-167, Moscow, 125493, Russia, team leader is Mr. Igor Molotov, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Final report due: period from June 2002 to June 2005
Submission date of this report:
3.1. This grant
The project met the financial problems. First problem is linked with transference of CR1 host institute from CNR to INAF in end of 2004-beginning 2005. In results, the 2000 Euro of CR1 were received in CNR in the time when CR1 was already under INAF, and CR1 have not possibility to obtain this money and to spend its for project goals. CR1 team loaned part of the necessary money for work fulfillment in its host institute, but it is necessary to find a way to return the money in back. Second project financial problem is that INTAS not saw the transferences of parts of money between project teams that were made after INTAS approving and were mentioned in advance in the second periodic project reports:
2000 Euro of CO were transferred INTAS directly to CR6 for the producing the 6-cm radio receiver for Ventspils RT-32 in Latvia. In last Financial Overview received from INTAS in February 7, 2005, this money is erroneously indicated as money of CR6.
1000 Euro of CR4 must be transferred to CR1 for purchasing of two GPS-receivers for NRTV recording terminals of Evpatoria RT-70 and Simeiz RT-22. In accordance with INTAS Financial Overview this money are in CR4 still. In fact CR1 team purchased two GPS-receivers for their own money.
1000 Euro of CR1 were transferred to CR7 to arrange the visit of Dr. Gino Tuccari in St.-Petersburg for the project meeting (this request was due to above mentioned transferring CR1 from CNR to INAF). In INTAS Financial Overview this money is erroneously indicated as money of CR7.
And at last the fulfillment of project required some redistribution of the money between cost categories.
Name of Contractor
Individual Grants Labour Costs
Travel and Subsistence
CO spent 7500 Euro for producing the equipment (7000 Euro of Equipment cost category + 500 Euro of Travel and Subsistence cost category). CO purchased two personal computers for the use on project coordination goals, produced C-band feed-horn for Ventspils RT-32, produced the device for the secondary frequency transforming for the C-band radio astronomy receiver (it was produced by CR6), and purchased Local Oscillator for C-band receiver.
CR1 spent 1000 Euro of Travel and Subsistence for the trip to St.-Petersburg for the meeting in Pulkovo with CR3, CR6 and CR7 teams. 1000 Euro of Consumables cost categories was spent for purchasing the two boards of the GPS-receivers for upgrading the NRTV-terminals of Italian Noto RT-32 and Russian RT-64. These GPS-receivers removed the problem with time synchronization during the VLBI data transferring through Internet that was displayed during first test of NRTV-terminals. The 7000 Euros were spent for producing the equipment (4000 Euro of Equipment cost category + 2000 Euro of Travel and Subsistence cost category and 1000 Euro of Overheads category). Five NRTV-terminals were produced for installation in five radio telescopes participating in project VLBI radar experiments (Evpatoria RT-70, Bear Lakes RT-64, Noto RT-32, Simeiz RT-22 and Ventspils RT-32). The additional money was necessary to produce two additional NRTV-terminals (three terminals were planned for producing at first, but the tests shown its excellence and it was solved to equip with NRTV-terminals all project radio telescopes instead of the obsolete Mk-2 recording terminals). CR1 requests the exchange of 2000 Euro of Travel and Subsistence category, and 1000 Euro of Overheads cost category to category of Equipment.
CR2 spent 1000 Euro of Travel and Subsistence for partial support of the visit of two team members to Munich, Germany for the participation in the conference on Space Flight Dynamics and meeting with representatives of ESOC. The 1000 Euros of this cost category were exchanged to category of Individual grants by INTAS approval. This team requests the exchange of 1000 Euro of Travel and Subsistence category, and 500 Euro of Overheads cost category to category of Individual grants.
CR3 spent 1000 Euro of Travel and Subsistence for the 40-day expedition of team member to Ussuriysk for carrying out survey of Geostationary orbit and training the staff of Ussuriysk Astrophysical Observatory. The 1000 Euros of this cost category were exchanged to category of Individual grants by INTAS approval. The 1000 Euro of Equipment cost category were spent to purchase the personal computer for the new EPOS software adjusting (software package to maintain the database of asteroids and comets and provide ephemeris support for minor planet observations). The 1000 Euro of Consumables were spent for purchasing the printer and paper to print the EPOS user manual, mobile phone and other components to provide stable Internet connections to rooms where team members are working, and PC components and cards for the repairing the pointing system of ZA-320 telescope at Pulkovo. CR3 requests the exchange of 1000 Euro of Overheads cost category to category of Individual grants.
CR4 spent 3500 Euro of Equipment cost category for the producing the 22-cm optical telescope dedicated for the space debris observations. This is new generation of optical telescopes with large field of view and light power. It was used for the extensive survey of Geostationary objects in Nauchniy, Crimea and Pulkovo, St.-Petersburg in support of the project VLBI radar experiments. During the projects it provided few thousands measurements for GEO-objects up to 14.5 star magnitudes, and in future, it will be used as mobile telescope for space debris observations. Also, unexpected expenditures were purchasing the two boards of the GPS-receivers for upgrading the NRTV-terminals of two Ukrainian radio telescopes (Evpatoria RT-70 and Simeiz RT-22). These GPS-receivers removed the problem with time synchronization during the VLBI data transferring through Internet that was displayed during first test of NRTV-terminals. This purchasing was made under Consumables cost categories by CR1 in accordance INTAS approval for the cost category of Travel and Subsistence. CR4 requests the exchange the 1000 Euro of the cost category Overheads and 900 Euro of category of Travel and Subsistence to category of Individual grants.
CR5 spent 3500 Euro of Equipment cost category for the producing S/X-band radio astronomy receivers (it was partially supported also INTAS-IA-2001-02) for the Bear Lakes RT-64, for producing the new Low Noise Amplifier (LNA), Local Oscillator and device for the secondary frequency transforming for the C-band receiver (it was used during the project radar experiments), and the equipment for fast optical cable connection to Internet. 300 Euro of Consumables was spent for purchasing the liquid nitrogen that is used during the calibration of radio receivers before antenna measurements and VLBI radar observations. CR5 requests the exchange the 300 Euro of Travel and Subsistence category to Consumables cost category and the 1200 Euro of Travel and Subsistence category to category of Individual grants.
CR6 spent 2000 Euro of Equipment cost category to purchase two personal computers to upgrade the correlation data processing center NIRFI-3. All project VLBI radar experiments were correlated with NIRFI-3 processor; these PCs were used for adjusting and maintaining the dedicated software for delay calculations during correlation processing of the planet and space debris object VLBI radar observation. 2500 Euro of Travel and Subsistence were spent for the 11 trips of four team members from N.Novgorod to Evpatoria RT-70 or Bear Lakes RT-64 for carrying out the VLBI radar observations and one trip of four team members to St-Petersburg for the meeting with CR1, CR3 and CR7 in December 2004.
CR7 spent 4000 Euro of Travel and Subsistence cost category for the travels of Igor Molotov and Alexander Pushkarev. Alexander Pushkarev visited Budapest, Hungary, and Igor Molotov visited Houston, USA for the participation in the conferences. Igor Molotov three times visited Evpatoria and Alexander Pushkarev five times was staying in the Evpatoria and visited Bear Lakes one time in the time of carrying out the project VLBI radar experiments, Igor Molotov visited Riga for meeting with project coordinator, and tree times visited N. Novgorod for the meetings with CR5, one time visited Kiev for the meeting with CR4 and multiplied visited St.-Petrersburg for meetings with CR3.
3.2. Other funding
Some funding for the upgrade of Bear Lakes RT-64 wit S/X receivers was received also from INTAS-IA-2001-02.