Thursday 26 July 2012

LBA installation progress — 26-Jul-2012

Well, today was the day for which all the recent preparation work has been worth it. Today we managed to accomplish an amazing 12 antenna aerials installed, with only a single small team. We also managed to complete a large number of 40m cables, do the planning for the forth coming weeks and continue to press ahead on the HBA commissioning work. While this was going on, ASTRON engineers in the Netherlands were remotely logged in to continue their work on the system. At the end of the day, they reported that their validation work was complete (although some tuning of the timing remains to be completed). At this pace, there is simply no way that we can keep up with posting reports and photographs, but don't worry... they will be put up over the next few days. However, here is today's progress map...

This now presents us with a dilemma. Should we press on and try and accomplish the full LBA installation tomorrow, or will we go into weekend commissioning with a few remaining? Admittedly there are only eleven aerials remaining, but it is not clear how the weather will hold out. Still, it is an exciting time with huge amounts of visible progress.

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