General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies to build 100-ton radio-telescope antenna for observatory in Argentina

26 June 2014

General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies, a part of General Dynamics C4 Systems, said it will build and install a 100-ton, 12-meter, submillimeter-wavelength radio telescope antenna for the new Large Latin American Millimeter Array observatory.

The LLAMA project is a joint venture between Argentina and Brazil to provide scientists from around the world with a high-powered lens to study black holes, the molecular evolution of interstellar clouds and the structure of the universe. The new antenna will be similar to the 25 SATCOM Technologies-built radio telescope antennas operating at the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array observatory that is located 200 km (124 miles) from the LLAMA site, in the Chilean portion of the Atacama Desert.

Located 4,850 meters (16,000 ft.) above sea-level in the Atacama Desert in Argentina, the LLAMA radio telescope is scheduled for operation beginning in 2017 and will operate in the 90 to 700 GHz frequency band. Equipped with extremely sensitive receivers and control and data processing systems, the antenna will work as an independent telescope. It will also be one of the first radio telescopes to operate in the Very Long Baseline Interferometer (VLBI) mode in Latin America, which will begin operations in 2018.

Since 1968, General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies has been a leader designing and building some of the world´s most advanced optical telescope mirror structures and radio telescope antennas. The company´s telescope structures and antennas can be found throughout North America, South America, Australia, Europe, India, the Arctic Circle and the South Pole.

General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies, part of General Dynamics C4 Systems, is a leading supplier of next-generation base station and earth station communications products and services, satellite antennas and antenna systems and cyber-secure wireless communication products. For more information about General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), visit www.gdc4s.com. More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.

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