DPE designs insulation box for Jodrell Bank’s SKA telescope

Durham Precision Engineering (DPE) has been working with engineers and scientists from the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at Manchester University on designs for an insulation box to contain some of the noise created by the equipment within the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope.

DPE claims that the SKA telescope, which will be built in either Southern Africa or Australia, will be capable of detecting signs of extra-terrestrial life and revealing details of the history of the universe.

Initial construction on the internationally collaborative project will begin in 2016 and feature around 3,000 dishes spread over one square kilometre.

Engineers from DPE worked with the team at Jodrell Bank on a solution to the electrostatic noise that was contaminating the information being received from its antennas.