First Dish of SAASST 40-m Radio Interferometer Installed
The Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences, and Technology has recently installed the first 5-m SPIDER 500A dish of the future 40-m radio interferometer. The SAASST interferometer has a rectangular scalene triangle shape, with sides of 30, 40 and 50 meters. This array will be able to simulate the resolution of a 40-m diameter single dish antenna, with a collecting area equal to an antenna of 8.7 meters in diameter. The array will mainly work at 1.4 GHz. The synthesized beam in this configuration measures about 0.36° (21 arc minutes).