First of 64 MeerKAT radio telescope antennas ready in South Africa

28 March 2014

General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies and Stratosat Datacom (Pty) Ltd. said they have completed the installation of the first of 64 MeerKAT radio telescope antennas that will form the MeerKAT telescope array.

The array is located in South Africa´s Karoo region and will be a technologically advanced radio telescope designed to locate radio-frequency signals from the furthest reaches of the universe, possibly from the first stars and galaxies formed after the Big Bang.

Once operational, radio signals from the antenna will be transmitted to a super-computer, which will create the visual map of the object or region in the universe being observed. The data received by a single MeerKAT antenna, in one day, will generate enough raw data to fill 15 million 64-GB devices.

General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies is a part of General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

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