128.012 Excursion Space Geodesy
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, EX, 1.0h, 1.5EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 1.0
  • Credits: 1.5
  • Type: EX Excursion
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand the workflows at a geodetic fundamental station. They are able to explain how the space geodetic techniques in Wettzell work (VLBI, SLR/LLR, DORIS, GNSS) and how they are connected to finally come up with a combined terrestrial reference frame. 

Subject of course

Visiting the Geodetic Observatory Wettzell, which runs all geometric space geodetic techniques: VLBI, SLR/LLR, DORIS, and GNSS, as well as other instruments such as a ringlaser or gravimeters.

Information: https://www.bkg.bund.de/DE/Observatorium-Wettzell/observatorium-wettzell.html

Teaching methods

Excursion to the fundamental station Wettzell

Mode of examination


Additional information

The excursion will only take place every second year. The next excursion takes place in spring 2024!

Preliminary information -  do not book train ticket etc.!

The excursion will take place on June 12, 2024 (Wednesday). Meeting point is the railway station in Plattling/Germany (at about 10 am). There will be a bus to bring us to Wettzell. After an introduction from 11 to 12 am, we will have a break. Please bring your own snacks, drinks, .. From 1 to 4:00 pm, we will have a guided tour at the instruments. At 4:00 pm, we will go back by bus to the railway station in Plattling so that everybody will reach as suitable train connection. 

Everybody is responsible on his/her own for the travel to and from Plattling. The costs for the bus are covered by TU Wien.



Examination modalities

Participation in excursion and written report after returning to TU Wien

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
15.03.2024 00:00 30.04.2024 23:00

Registration modalities

Registration from March 15, 2024 until April 30, 2024 per email to Johannes Böhm. There is a maximum number of participants. In case of too many registrations, priority will be given to students in Geodesy and Geoinformation.


The student has to be enrolled for at least one of the studies listed below


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 421 Geodesy and Geoinformation Mandatory elective2. Semester
066 462 Survey and Land Registration Mandatory elective8. Semester
066 463 Geodesy and Geophysics Mandatory elective9. Semester
066 464 Geomatics Engineering and Cartography Mandatory elective8. Semester


No lecture notes are available.


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