Development of a new national facility for Mexican radio astronomy at Tulancingo

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Oxford Physics

Abstract

This project will transfer skills in radio astronomy technology from the UK to Mexico. The government of the Mexican state of Hidalgo is funding the conversion of a 30-m diameter satellite communications antenna to a radio telescope for the use of the Mexican research community. UK researchers will provide training and assistance to the Mexicans in converting the antenna systems, and in designing and building a state-of-the-art cooled radio receiver for the converted antenna. The new radio telescope will be used for education and research in Mexican universities and research institutes, operated either as a stand-alone telescope or as part of larger arrays. The new facility will also be capable of being used as a deep-space network ground station, opening up new commercial opportunities.

Planned Impact

The non-academic impact of this work will be through the education and training of Mexican researchers in technical engineering skills including cryogenic and vacuum engineering, radio-frequency electronics, high-speed digital electronics and signal processing, and computing. All these skills have many applications in fields such as communications engineering, radar, video processing etc. There will also be a positive impact in science outreach to the Mexican public from discoveries and observations that will be made with the new Tulancingo telescope. The opportunities for Mexican companies will also be opened up by using the antenna as a deep-space network ground station.

Publications

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Description Mexico 2 - Tulancingo 
Organisation Center for Engineering and Industrial Development
PI Contribution Leading the overall programme and transfer of technology and skills.
Collaborator Contribution UK partners - technical and scientific training for Mexican partners. GES Ltd - industry and commercial links, specifically working with the Mexican partners to look at the future commercial opportunites for long-term sustainability of the programme (based on similar project started between UK academic partners and GES at the Goonhilly site). Mexican partners - develop skills and proceed with the conversion of the Tulancingo Communications antenna. The Government of the State of Hidalgo ahve provided matched funding for the project and the antennas have been donated form SCT Telcomm, in collaboration with AEM.
Impact On-going project.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Mexico 2 - Tulancingo 
Organisation Mexican Space Agency
PI Contribution Leading the overall programme and transfer of technology and skills.
Collaborator Contribution UK partners - technical and scientific training for Mexican partners. GES Ltd - industry and commercial links, specifically working with the Mexican partners to look at the future commercial opportunites for long-term sustainability of the programme (based on similar project started between UK academic partners and GES at the Goonhilly site). Mexican partners - develop skills and proceed with the conversion of the Tulancingo Communications antenna. The Government of the State of Hidalgo ahve provided matched funding for the project and the antennas have been donated form SCT Telcomm, in collaboration with AEM.
Impact On-going project.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Mexico 2 - Tulancingo 
Organisation National Autonomous University of Mexico
Country Mexico 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leading the overall programme and transfer of technology and skills.
Collaborator Contribution UK partners - technical and scientific training for Mexican partners. GES Ltd - industry and commercial links, specifically working with the Mexican partners to look at the future commercial opportunites for long-term sustainability of the programme (based on similar project started between UK academic partners and GES at the Goonhilly site). Mexican partners - develop skills and proceed with the conversion of the Tulancingo Communications antenna. The Government of the State of Hidalgo ahve provided matched funding for the project and the antennas have been donated form SCT Telcomm, in collaboration with AEM.
Impact On-going project.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Mexico 2 - Tulancingo 
Organisation University of Hertfordshire
Department School of Physics and Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leading the overall programme and transfer of technology and skills.
Collaborator Contribution UK partners - technical and scientific training for Mexican partners. GES Ltd - industry and commercial links, specifically working with the Mexican partners to look at the future commercial opportunites for long-term sustainability of the programme (based on similar project started between UK academic partners and GES at the Goonhilly site). Mexican partners - develop skills and proceed with the conversion of the Tulancingo Communications antenna. The Government of the State of Hidalgo ahve provided matched funding for the project and the antennas have been donated form SCT Telcomm, in collaboration with AEM.
Impact On-going project.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Mexico 2 - Tulancingo 
Organisation University of Leeds
Department Astrophysics Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leading the overall programme and transfer of technology and skills.
Collaborator Contribution UK partners - technical and scientific training for Mexican partners. GES Ltd - industry and commercial links, specifically working with the Mexican partners to look at the future commercial opportunites for long-term sustainability of the programme (based on similar project started between UK academic partners and GES at the Goonhilly site). Mexican partners - develop skills and proceed with the conversion of the Tulancingo Communications antenna. The Government of the State of Hidalgo ahve provided matched funding for the project and the antennas have been donated form SCT Telcomm, in collaboration with AEM.
Impact On-going project.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Mexico 2 - Tulancingo 
Organisation University of Manchester
Department Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leading the overall programme and transfer of technology and skills.
Collaborator Contribution UK partners - technical and scientific training for Mexican partners. GES Ltd - industry and commercial links, specifically working with the Mexican partners to look at the future commercial opportunites for long-term sustainability of the programme (based on similar project started between UK academic partners and GES at the Goonhilly site). Mexican partners - develop skills and proceed with the conversion of the Tulancingo Communications antenna. The Government of the State of Hidalgo ahve provided matched funding for the project and the antennas have been donated form SCT Telcomm, in collaboration with AEM.
Impact On-going project.
Start Year 2017