We want to take a closer look at the universe. There are several telescope projects for the future. One of them is the radio telescope with 236 antennas. The US NAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory) received $ 23 million for its development. It is the next generation Very Large Array (ngVLA).
Waiting for funding
It will be one of the leading observatories for the next generation of astronomical research. The ngVLA will include antennas with a diameter of 18 meters. Reviewed by the US National Academy of Sciences, falls approved, requests for funding from Congress. Construction could begin in 2026, with early scientific observations beginning in 2029. Thus, the full scientific operation would take place in the year 2035.
“It marks a new era and an important milestone in antenna technology.” He said it it’s a statement Joseph Pesce, NRAO program officer. “We hope this is the antenna of the future. And also that it is used far beyond any project, ”he added.
In May they signed a contract with the German company Mtex Antenna Technology GmbH. They would make the prototype of an 18 meter antenna. It will be installed in west-central New Mexico. It is extensively tested there. This radar has a resolution 10 times higher than the current one.
Take a close look
It will be a breakthrough in the observation of planets, galaxies and black holes. Hence, it is believed that it will be very helpful to the research planned for the next decade.
The 236-antenna radio telescope will be stationed in the San Agustin Plains, New Mexico. The system will include additional antennas distributed across the state. More distant antennas are set up in clusters in Hawaii, Washington, California, and other countries. Even Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Canada.
Science wants to look better at the stars. This radio telescope will bring new eyes to your scientific studies. And his gaze will surely bring us new insights into how we understand the universe.