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610 and 690 reorganization

The Codes 610 and 690 Division Directors, Piers and Paul, agreed that it made sense to change the organizational structure of Codes 610 and 690 to better align the organizations with their funding lines from HQ SMD. In order to accomplish this, a new Laboratory was created in Code 610 named the Geodesy and Geophysics Laboratory, Code 61A. Some of the members of Codes 694, 698, 690.1 and 690.2 are now a part of this new lab. The current Code 698 has been renamed the Planetary Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Laboratory and retains some of the members of the previous Code 698 along with one member from Code 694. A few members of Codes 694 and 698 will be realigned into the current Codes 612, 614, and 618. Codes 690.2 and 694 have been disbanded.

These changes are not meant to have any impact on your work in Codes 690 and 610, or your collaborations with colleagues across the directorate. The vast majority of people will not move offices either. We count on intra-directorate collaboration to make Goddard stronger and more productive than ever before.

Your Sciences Directorate management is firmly committed to pulling down barriers that might impede productive collaborations. We need to leverage the strength that collaborations across our science endeavors can bring to our research and continue enhancing our fine collaborations with technologists, scientists and engineers both inside and outside the Agency.

Content on this website is slowly migrating from 690.2 and 694 to the new orgs and will be complete when all staff members have been updated to their new orgs.
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The Space Geodesy Project Office manages the operations and development of NASA’s Space Geodetic Network that is comprised of the four major space geodetic observing systems: Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR), Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), and the Doppler Orbitography and Radio-positioning by Integrated Satellite (DORIS) system. The Space Geodesy Project (SGP) is a collaborative effort between Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and other U.S. and international partners. The primary goals of the SGP are to deliver and maintain a high precision Terrestrial Reference Frame and provide the data and analysis essential for fully realizing the measurement potential of the current and coming generation of Earth Observing spacecraft.

SGP recently completed a prototype core site with all four geodetic techniques at NASA's Geophysical and Astronomical Observatory. This site is now the basis for the ongoing deployment of NASA’s next generation Space Geodetic Network that is part of NASA's contribution to the Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS). This upgraded global network will significantly improve the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF) as well as all other network products (e.g. precision orbit determination, local & regional deformation, astrometry, etc.), with concomitant benefits to the supported and tracked missions, science projects, and engineering applications.

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