BAe Systems 15m Radio Telescope (Alt-az Mount Prime-focus)

Model: 
15m Radio Telescope (Alt-az Mount Prime-focus)

The Experimental Development Model (XDM) is a 15m diameter radio telescope antenna of innovative design intended to reduce antenna construction cost per square metre and bring it close to that needed to make the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) affordable. IST Holdings were the prime contractors that built the XDM at Hartebeesthoek. The Karoo Array Telescope (KAT) will be used to test technology leading up to development of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA). The XDM is a test-bed prototype for KAT.

Category: 
Telescope
Disciplines: 
Astronomy, Space Geodesy
Life Expectancy: 
20years
Location
Farm 502 JQ, Hartebeesthoek
Broederstroom Road
Krugersdorp
1740

Contact Person/s

Name: M J Gaylard
Phone: +27 12-326-0742
Email: mike@hartrao.ac.za
Estimated Cost and Availability
Time Spent Researching: 
70%
Time Spent Teaching: 
20%
Time Spent Other: 
10%
Funding Information
Year of Acquisition: 
2007