Santa Maria

The Colombus telescope is the RAEGE station in the island of Santa María (Açores) located in the African techtonic plate, and will operate together with the station in Tenerife (Canary islands). The commissioning of the antenna is progressing well, and the start of operations is expected by the end of 2016.

geographic longitude:  – 25° 07′ 33.2″
geographic latitude:  36° 59′ 07″
altitude above sea level:  247 m
antenna diameter:  13.2 m
minimum elevation:

Available observing mode: IVS VGOS (VLBI Global Observing System)

Frequencies used currently:

Frequency band Observing mode
 2 – 15 GHz will use 4 bands of 1 GHz spread in this range (typically entered at, but not restricted to 3, 6, 9 and 13 GHz)


Committee on Radio Astronomy Frequencies