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21st of May 2018
Ultra-Wide-band Low installation
Last week saw the installation of a new Ultra-wide-band receiver on the Parkes telescope, with a crew from Marsfield accompanying the receiver to Parkes to help local staff install and commission it. Fortunately, the day scheduled for the receiver installation was calm and clear: wind and rain can play havoc with the process of hoisting the receiver up to the focus cabin. The $2.5 million instrument was developed by CSIRO and a consortium of Australian universities led by Swinburne University of Technology, with funding from the Australian Research Council, Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Testing and commissioning of the receiver is now underway (Picture credit: John Sarkissian).

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