An award-winning, student run project to build and operate a 4.5m radio telescope at Caradon Observatory, deep in the Cornish countryside.

First Light with XRT-C

After years of work, we are delighted to announce that XRT-C has achieved fist light. This means that we have actually measured radio waves with our telescope. Our sincerest thanks go out to everyone who has worked on this project over the years as we perform final tweaks and begin commisioning.

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.

Project Progress

After years of work, we have achieved first light on our telescope. We have taken observations with it and are just working on sorting out the last technical tweaks. The new stage involves commissioning and calibrating our instruments. When is phase is complete, we can start observations. It's an exciting time for the project, and we hope you'll follow along. 

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