The Radio Telescope at Jodrell Bank
Last week the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research organised a series of press visits to the large radio telescope now nearly completed at the Jodrell Bank experimental station in Cheshire.
This enormous instrument is of special interest, not only because of its uniqueness and promise for the astronomer, but also because of the engineering problems which had to be surmounted to design and build it.
Civil, mechanical and electrical engineering techniques are all involved in the successful operation of the radio telescope, sometimes in an original manner.
In this article we concentrate on describing in outline these various engineering problems, but before doing so the telescope and the way in which it will function is explained, and we also give a short dissertation on radio astronomy.