General Dynamics C4 Systems has been awarded a $169 million contract by Associated Universities Inc (AUI) to design, manufacture and deliver 25, 12-metre antennas for the North American portion of the Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) project, an international astronomy facility.
An international collaborative effort to build and operate the world’s most sensitive millimetre and sub-millimetre wavelength telescope,
The sky above the site has the clarity and stability essential for the required level of imaging fidelity. The antennas will work together as one telescope to provide a spatial resolution 10 times higher than the Hubble Space Telescope.
“Imaging qualities and the ability to change the configuration of the antennas will make
Millimetre and submillimetre-wave astronomy is the study of the universe in the spectral region between what is traditionally considered radio waves and infrared radiation. In this realm,
The first antenna is scheduled for delivery in 2007 with final delivery of all the antennas expected by the end of 2011. Pre-assembly work on the contract will be done at General Dynamics C4 Systems’
Previously, in February 2000, Vertex Antenna Systems was awarded a contract by AUI to build one of two antenna prototypes. This business was acquired by General Dynamics in September 2004.