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Successful Mechanical and Electrical Drive-system Tests on May 15, 2008


The LMT was successfully moved in elevation and azimuth during the most recent mechanical and electrical drive-system tests (15th May 2008), in preparation for the installation of the 12 GHz holography receiver at prime focus. Following the commissioning of the holography system, measurements and adjustments of surface panel-segments will be made over the inner 32-m diameter to improve the efficiency of the telescope surface. The outer two rings of segments, providing the full 50-m diameter surface will be installed at a later date. Temporary panels in rings 4 and 5 are currently in place providing the required mass to maintain the balance and thermal environment of the telescope antenna structure.

(prepared by D. Hughes)