n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - First KAT dish erected : news notes

Volume 68, Issue 9_10
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



An important milestone was reached on 17 July 2009 when the first dish of the KAT-7 prototype interferometer array was mounted on its pedestal on site, which is about 100 km west of Carnarvon in the Northern Cape. The Karoo Array Telescope (KAT) will eventually comprise seven identical dishes, hence the designation KAT-7. The KAT-7 instrument will not be used for advanced scientific research but be employed for simpler science projects, planned to start next year. Its main purpose is to act as a test-bed for engineering systems for the MeerKAT radio telescope array.

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