Radio telescopes require numerous components in  order to function properly, the dish and stand just being the start of a long list of electrical and mechanical components needed to make it work. These include, but are not limited to;

Wire frame drawing of a low noise amplifier http://217.34.103.131/pdfs/ZRL-2400LN.pdf

Wire frame drawing of a low noise amplifier
http://217.34.103.131/pdfs/ZRL-2400LN.pdf

A lot of these components don’t come cheap, the cabling alone costs £50-£60 per metre! So a lot of procurement work involves shopping around in order to find the best component at the best price. Some examples are listed here:

We are currently in the process of putting together our final shopping list but as with all building and DIY projects you start with a wish list and a list of components you cannot do without then get shopping, so expect many more updates in the future.

 

Written by Gerard Halliday – Procurement Team Leader