Work is gearing up now for the next critical phase of the LOFAR-UK installation. Starting on Monday, the High-Band Array (HBA) will be installed. Unlike the light LBA aerials, the antennas for this part of the system are large, unwieldy and heavy requiring experts driving machines not volunteer researchers and students to install! Furthermore, the ground around the field is not a flat warehouse floor, making driving difficult. To accomplish the lifting work a variety of techniques and machines will be used.
An all-terrain forklift is unloaded from its delivery transporter ready to start work first thing Monday morning.