– It’s great to have got started at last!
It’s not just a flat sandy field any more: Onsala’s LOFAR station is finally taking shape. The quote is from project manager Leif Helldner. I talked to him on Wednesday afternoon when I biked out to the site to see how things were going. There are 13 people working now, marking where the antennas will go, assigning cables to antenna numbers – and making a start on digging.
– Things have gone much faster than expected, says Leif.
Work experience student Styrbjörn Käll and the observatory’s Lasse Wennerbäck mark the place where LBA antenna 95 will go.
Leif Helldner – in official LOFAR cap – in front of the station as it looked today.
The construction of the Onsala LOFAR station, which was paused in December because of the cold conditions and frozen ground, will resume April 18th. It is hoped
to complete construction of the station by early July. The official opening will be in the autumn.
A meeting will be held in Lund on Friday 6th May to discuss Swedish involvement in the LOFAR transients Key Science Project. The meeting will start 09:00 in the morning and will go on until mid-afternoon (approx 15:00). Please contact Ross Church (firstname.lastname@example.org) or John Conway (email@example.com) if you wish to attend.
Ralph Wijers – University of Amsterdam, co-PI, LOFAR Transients KSP
Ross Church – Lund
John Conway – OSO
Melvyn Davies – Lund
Claes Fransson – Stockholm
Anthony Rushton – OSO/ESO
Garrelt Mellema – Stockholm
Felix Ryde – KTH
First rays of spring sun thaws the LOFAR field
Credit: Leif Helldner
LOFAR Sweden now has a webpage!