ASKAP Antenna Manufacture Complete
29 March 2012
All 36 of CSIRO's Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) antennas have been manufactured and passed their factory acceptance tests.
ASKAP's antennas have been built and tested in China by their manufacturer, the 54th Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (known as CETC54). Once complete, the antenna sections are disassembled, shipped to Australia and reassembled at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) by CETC54 engineers with the assistance of CSIRO's ASKAP team and local contractors.
"The completion of manufacturing of all 36 antennas is a major event for the project. We now have 28 antennas on site at the MRO in various states of construction, several more in transit and the last two are now being prepared for transport from Shijiazhuang, China," says Ant Schinckel, CSIRO's ASKAP Project Director.
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