Design, environmental and sustainability constraints of new African observatories: The example of the Mozambique Radio Astronomy Observatory

Domingos Barbosa, Miguel Bergano, Valério A.R.M. Ribeiro, Anita Loots, Venkatasubramani L. Thondikulam, Michael Gaylard, Arnold Van Ardenne, Claudio Paulo, Sergio Colafrancesco, José Carlos Amador, Rodrigo Maia, Rui Melo

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Abstract

The Mozambique Radio Astronomy Observatory (MRAO) will be a first milestone towards development of radioastronomy in Mozambique. Development of MRAO will constitute a preparation step towards participation in the upcoming Africa VLBI Network and the Square Kilometer Array project. The MRAO first antenna is planned to serve as a capacitation and training facility and will be installed after the conversion of a 7-meter telecom dish in South Africa. Therefore, this first radiotelescope design has to comply with local spectral and environmental constraints. Furthermore, power availability and long term sustainability with potential inclusion of solar power and control of Radio Frequency Interference are analyzed. Here we outline some of the design, environmental and power sustainability constraints.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE AFRICON 2013
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781467359405
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013
EventIEEE AFRICON 2013 - Pointe-Aux-Piments, Mauritius
Duration: Sep 9 2013Sep 12 2013

Other

OtherIEEE AFRICON 2013
CountryMauritius
CityPointe-Aux-Piments
Period9/9/139/12/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Barbosa, D., Bergano, M., Ribeiro, V. A. R. M., Loots, A., Thondikulam, V. L., Gaylard, M., Van Ardenne, A., Paulo, C., Colafrancesco, S., Amador, J. C., Maia, R., & Melo, R. (2013). Design, environmental and sustainability constraints of new African observatories: The example of the Mozambique Radio Astronomy Observatory. In IEEE AFRICON 2013 [6757829] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/AFRCON.2013.6757829