RF shielded rooms for Radio Astronomy

Today’s radio telescopes often consist of an array of antennas to increase the sensitivity of the system. In addition computer controlled multi beam forming antenna feeds are used more often. All received data is combined and collected by computer systems and transferred to a central high capacity computer centre for correlation and data analyzing.

Due to the high RF sensitivity of such radio telescopes high performance RF shielding is required to avoid interference from local instrumentation such as computers and control systems. Comtest mobile RF shielded containers are designed for such applications and provide an air-conditioned temperature stable environment with a high RF shielding effectiveness.

Comtest shielded mobile containers have been successfully using in following Radio Astronomy projects:
  • Astron – LOFAR
  • WRST – Apertif
  • SKA - KAT-7