The XRT-C Project
The award-winning Exeter Radio Telescope at Caradon (XRT-C) project is an official national project of UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (UKSEDS), based and run primarily by students at the University of Exeter. We are building a 4.5m radio telescope for use as an education and research tool for students across the country. This is a student led project from the very beginning with students working together to plan, procure, construct and operate the final project. Once completed, our first large-scale project involves using the telescope to observe neutral hydrogen in the Milky Way with an aim to weigh our galaxy.
We're currently in the final stages of construction for the telescope. The dish is fully mounted and counter-weighted and will point under its own power. The final stages of construction involve installing new wiring, as well as thoroughly testing and repairing per-existing wiring, installing the feedhorn with the newly fabricated bracket, and installing the struts to hold this at prime. After that we'll be able to make a first light observation and begin commissioning.