What is the LARGE ADAPTIVE REFLECTOR (LAR)?

It will be a very large steerable radio telescope.

It can be built at a low-cost per collecting-area.

The reflecting surface will be 200 metres in diameter.

The reflector will be made of flat panels.

The overall reflector shape will be adjusted by computer-controlled actuators.

The receiver will be supported by a balloon 500 metres above the reflector. 

Receiver position will be controlled by 3 or more Kevlar-like cables and winches. 

The LAR will operate from 250 MHz to 22 GHz.

 

What is the SQUARE KILOMETRE ARRAY (SKA)?

It is an international project.

A radio telescope array with one-square-kilometre of collecting area.

It will have 100X the sensitivity of current radio telescopes.

 

Why build the SKA?

To see to the edge of the universe and to the beginning of time.

To complement the Hubble Space Telescope and future optical telescopes. 

 

Who is designing the LAR and the SKA?

In Canada: 

Development work funded by NRC,

Coordinated by DRAO,

Collaborators in universities and in industry.

Internationally: 

The Netherlands

China

Australia

USA

India