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Research Infrastructure

Noto VLBI Antenna

Description The Noto Section of the Italian Institute of Radioastronomy of Italian National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) is an independent research site. Its radiotelescope was completed in 1988 and since that time it has performed astronomical, geodetic and space science observations. The radiotelescope of 32m in diameter is one of the large infrastructures of INAF, designed to work within the International VLBI networks for both Astronomy and Geodesy. It is a node of the European VLBI Network (EVN, http://www.evlbi.org), the Joint Institute for Very Long Baseline Interferometry in Europe (JIVE, http://www.jive.nl) and the International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry (IVS, http://ivscc.gsfc.nasa.gov). A qualifying capability of this antenna within Europe is the primary mirror equipped with active surface, i.e. 256 computer-controlled panels which can be adjusted to compensate surface deformations. Moreover, it is equipped with a high velocity fibre optics connection, which allows for data transfer in real time (eVLBI).
URL http://www.noto.ira.inaf.it/
Status Operational since 1988
Scientific Domains Environmental Sciences
Physical Sciences and Engineering
RI Categorization Research Facilities
Location Centro da Renna, Noto, 96017, Sicily, Italy
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/15840