|Since construction was completed
in 1965, the 46 m antenna has stood the test of time and Canadian winters.
Until recently, only basic maintenance was performed to keep the
telescope operational. The Observatory is now undergoing extensive maintenance and
restoration to return it and its scientific instruments to their original
pristine condition. The telescope has been well maintained mechanically
but is in need of paint to guard against
rust. Electronics and power systems are also being upgraded and modernized
to return the antenna to full function and to enhance operation. The whole
Observatory is receiving some tender loving care in order to restore its
status as a jewel in the Park.
As Canada's largest radio telescope, ARO can
detect the faintest radio sources and stare back in time to the
formation of the universe. The antenna is also essential to the
exploration of space, providing the means to return signals from the
moon, Mars and other planetary bodies.
Visitors staying at the Observatory's
House are invited to tour the Observatory to follow
restoration progress. Sometimes, they even lend a hand to the project.
Antenna with newly painted test area, 2008. Come see
how much has been completed in 2009!
Engineers paint a test panel, 2008.