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Building the MWA – Day 8

With the hard work and long hours we’ve put in over the past seven days we began day eight 17 tiles from the finish line, with 10 already laid and in need of welding and 7 in need of both … Continue reading

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Building the MWA – Day 7

We’re nearing the end of the trip now, another couple of days and we’ll be finished and on our way back to Perth. Today we continued with tack welding the three mesh sheets previously laid at each site to form … Continue reading

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Building the MWA – Day 6

With the mesh laying done and dusted, today we turned our focus to tack welding. For this part of the job we make several welds along where the three sheets of mesh meet to create a single conductive sheet. Welding … Continue reading

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Building the MWA – Day 5

Today we made an early start, especially for a Sunday, hitting the road by 6am and arriving at the MRO an hour later. Our objective for the day was to finish clearing sites and laying mesh at the remaining 26 … Continue reading

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Building the MWA – Day 4

Once again the day started with a brisk and cold breeze blowing across the MRO (Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory) as we set about the arduous task of laying antenna tiles at precise locations throughout the site. With the core tiles completed … Continue reading

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Building the MWA – Day 3

Day 3 It was a cold start to the day (10°C), which was in stark contrast to the red hot pace of work we set from the very beginning and maintained with fervour until sunset. By mid morning the core … Continue reading

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Building the MWA – Day 2

The Murchison Wide-field Array (MWA) radio telescope is being constructed 315km north east of Geraldton by the Curtin University node of ICRAR, in collaboration with MIT, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, Curtin … Continue reading

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