Skip to main content

Recently, the European public procurement of the APERTIF Telescope Cabins has been completed. The contract has been awarded to the Dutch company COMTEST Engineering B.V. in Zoeterwoude.

Published by the editorial team, 20 November 2012

APERTIF, Focal Plane Array technology, aims to increase the field of view of the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) with a factor 30. The Telescope Cabins will house the receivers and digital processing electronics of the APERTIF Phased Array Feeds. Faraday cages will be installed in the cabins to shield the highly sensitive antennas from the RFI generated by the powerful processing boards. The design of the cabins is very similar to the containers placed near the LOFAR international stations.

The containers (twelve in total) will be installed at the WSRT from January to March 2013. The photo shows an impression of the cabinets next to the Westerbork dishes.


Latest tweets

Our congratulations go out to Anna Bilous and her colleagues, for this intriguing paper, which was published in Nature.

Every year on May 4th we put our Westerbork telescopes into mourning mode, to remember all the victims who fought for our freedom. Watch the video that we made a couple of years ago in cooperation with @kampwesterbork, demonstrating this. #4mei #Memorial

Our radio telescopes don't need the darkness to function, but they do need quiet skies, free from radio interference. This month is Dark and Quiet Skies month. What can you do to keep our skies dark and quiet?

Daily Image of the Week: Blast from the past

Subscribe to our newsletter. For previous editions, click here.