General Dynamics antennas for Southern Hemisphere’s largest radio telescope
COMPUTING| Sept. 7, 2012, 8:35 a.m.
General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies is partnering with Stratosat Datacom will supply 64 radio-telescope antennas, ancillary electronic components and support for South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope program.
The Stratosat/General Dynamics SATCOM consortium will perform a minimum of 75% of the work on the USD75 million contract in South Africa to maximize the skill development and involvement of its local industry, including the qualification testing, tooling design and virtually all of the manufacturing.
The specially configured antenna's dish-shaped 13.5-meter main reflector provides superior optical performance and reception sensitivity and is ideally suited for radio-telescope applications. It can bypass radio interference from satellites and terrestrial transmitters giving astronomers an ultra-deep look into the earliest galaxies and a means to investigate new areas of science.
The MeerKAT telescope array will have baselines (distance between two antennas) of up to eight kilometers and will facilitate research into cosmic magnetism, galactic evolution, the large-scale structure of the cosmos, dark matter and the nature of transient radio sources among other science projects. The first antenna will be installed in late 2013. All 64 antennas will be in place by the end of 2016.
MeerKAT is the precursor telescope to the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), comprising 25 percent of Phase I scope, and will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the southern hemisphere until the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) reaches completion in 2024. When completed, SKA will be the world's biggest telescope. The South African SKA Project is funded by the South African Department of Science and Technology through the National Research Foundation.
The contract was competitively awarded and follows the South African National Treasury rules for government procurements. General Dynamics will also leverage its high-technology workforce in Duisburg, Germany, and Richardson, Texas, whose talents facilitate scientific research globally.
"As a partner in the South African consortium, General Dynamics looks forward to leveraging our 50 years of radio astronomy experience to provide a unique capability to the global science community," said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems.
MORE COMPUTING NEWS
The blueprint for BYOD successJust like mobile analytics, big data, the internet, and social networks changed the way companies do business, so the adoption of mobile devices has become a catalyst for change in corporations and SMEs, says SAP Africa. Read More
Orange, GESCI to train teachers on ICTs in educationOrange has partnered with the Global E-Schools and Communities Initiative (GESCI) to support e-learning and integration of ICT in education. Read More
Cisco: the ICT behind the Commonwealth Games240km of fibre underpins the most connected Games ever to a wealth of bandwidth, says Cisco. Read More
Ghana to benefit from Solar Powered Internet School projectGhana is soon to benefit from Samsung's Solar Powered Internet School project, which is taking ICTs to schools across Africa. Read More
Schneider Electric introduces Smart-UPS fifth generation range to Southern AfricaSchneider Electric has announced that two next-generation models of its Smart-UPS uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units are now available locally. Read More
PC & console games revenues declineGlobal revenues from PC and console games will decline from $46.5bn this year to $41bn by 2019, but will continue to account for over 50% of industry revenues, says new research. Read More
First Pan-African Women in Tech virtual meetup in AugustThe first ever pan-African Women in Tech meet up will take place as a virtual event in August, supported by simultaneous live viewing events in Uganda, South Africa and Ghana. Read More
Schneider Electric announces winners of Go Green in the City 2014Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, has announced the winner among the 24 finalists in its global business case challenge, Go Green in the City. Read More
VMware named a leader in 2014 Magic Quadrant for x86 server virtualization infrastructureVMware is positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure for the fifth year in a row. Read More
FEATURED STORYNigeria’s VAS providers ‘on brink of extinction’
WASPAN chief Simon Aderinlola says unless the regulator intervenes, WASPAN may not have anything left to regulate. Kokumo Goodie reports.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture
In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.