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Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) Focal Plane Array Weather-shield Installed (June 2011)

posted Apr 17, 2012, 9:58 PM by Chris Ryman   [ updated Apr 14, 2013, 5:20 AM by Chris Ryman ]
Ryman Composites completed the Weathershield for CSIRO's Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) Focal Plane Array Weather Shield.

An initial research and development phase included analysing reinforcement requirements, low shrink resins and mould flow calculations. Production commenced several months ago. A CNC hold down jig has been fabricated for final trim and drilling to suit the laser cut and tapped backing plate. Final assembly of the prototype unit has been completed (with some celebration) and the first unit was packed and shipped to Parkes for testing.

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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