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Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) Focal Plane Array Weather-shield (September 2010)

posted Apr 15, 2012, 10:17 PM by Chris Ryman   [ updated Apr 14, 2013, 5:28 AM by Chris Ryman ]
CSIRO has partnered with Ryman Composites to fabricate and supply the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) Focal Plane Array Weather Shield.

New patterns will be created using 5 axis CNC machining. An RTM mould set will be manufactured and the initial 6 parts produced early 2011 and a further 30 parts are expected to be required for the full contract over the next few years.


The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), is CSIRO's new radio telescope at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in the Mid West region of Western Australia. It will be made up of 36 identical antennas, each 12 metres in diameter, working together as a single instrument. ASKAP will be one of the world’s premier radio telescopes and will help to answer fundamental questions about our Universe.

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