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.
After over 4 years of effort from our dedicated team of students we have finally managed to achieve first light on the previous build day for the telescope. This marks the end of the construction phase of the telescope. There are obviously plenty more tweaks and optimisations to make, but the telescope is in a working state. Now we can start work on commissioning and actually start observing.