MT Mechatronics awarded contract for the construction of a 40-meter radio telescope in Thailand
Chiang Mai/ Thailand, March 17, 2017. The Mainz, Germany-based antenna and telescope specialist MT Mechatronics GmbH (a subsidiary of OHB SE, Prime Standard, ISIN DE0005936124) today received a contract for the construction of a 40-meter radio telescope from the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) in Chiang Mai.
The telescope is a turning-head model operating in a frequency range of between 5 and 100 GHz and is to go into operation in 2020 in northern Thailand close to the NARIT headquarters. Alongside the 40-meter telescope that MTM has also assembled for the Instituto Geográfico Nacional in Spain, it is one of the largest and most powerful telescopes of its type. NARIT plans to operate various receivers in the range from 5 to 100 GHz. With this contract award, MTM has been able to prevail over the international competition and again demonstrate its position as market leader in large-antenna and telescope engineering.
About MT Mechatronics
MT Mechatronics in Mainz emerged from the Antenna division of MAN Gustavsburg. Today we belong to MT Aerospace AG and OHB SE and, with more than 55 years of experience in the field, specialize in turnkey communication antennae, optical and radio telescopes, industrial plants, mechatronic equipment for research facilities, launch systems for European space programs and medical apparatus for cancer therapy. Our range of products and services encompasses the entire supply chain from design to development, manufacturing, system integration and commissioning, training, servicing and plant operation.
NARIT is a national research organization for astronomy in Thailand. In particular, NARIT is enabling the development of a collaborative research network both regionally and globally aiming at developing and strengthening knowledge in astronomy, so as to meet international standards. We are also an alliance of public and private observatories allied for excellence in scientific research, education and public outreach. Our core mission is to undertake and to support relevant research in astronomy that are both authoritative and stimulating. NARIT provides public access to qualified researchers to forefront scientific capabilities on telescopes installed at our modern observatory in a good setting.