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Dish repurposed in New Zealand

A 30m Telecom NZ satellite dish has been repurposed into New Zealand's largest radio telescope antenna.  Telecom handed the reins of the telescope over to Auckland University of Technology (AUT) last Friday the 19th of November.
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Telecom New Zealand Converts Satellite Dish into Radio Telescope

Telecom New Zealand has decommissioned one of its satellite antennas and decided to donate it to the local university for use as a radio telescope. Telecom has given the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) the licence to operate the Warkworth 2 dish - a 30-metre radio antenna - based at Telecom's Warkworth Satellite Earth Station north of Auckland, which until now has been used for used for satellite communications, including phone calls, data, internet traffic and TV content.
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A 30-metre Telecom satellite dish south of Warkworth is about to be taken over by the Auckland University of Technology and converted into a radio telescope.
The refurbished dish, combined with AUT's 12-metre radio telescope close by, will make the research facility one of the largest and most advanced in the country, AUT Institute of Radio Astronomy and Space Research director professor Sergei Gulyaev says.

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The Telecom satellite station south of Warkworth has always had that other-worldly look.
The huge communication dishes look like something out of a science fiction movie, which is exactly what it was used for in the 1985 Geoff Murphy film The Quiet Earth, starring the late Bruno Lawrence.

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Radio telescope launch a milestone in New Zealand's scientific and educational history
Researchers will be able to probe the secrets of deep space when AUT University's radio telescope launches on Wednesday October 8.
Situated in a radio-quiet valley near Warkworth, north of Auckland, the $1 million telescope is the first to be built in New Zealand.

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