Friday, September 3, 2010

Data link

Between the RF-container and the main building at Chilbolton Observatory, there is the LOFAR data link. This is a high-capacity optical fibre and the data rate is typically up to 10 gigabits per second. With the electronics mostly installed, it was time to start getting this fibre run through the ducts and conduits between the two locations.

Caption 1 : The contractor vehicles assemble in the main observatory car park.

Caption 2 : Preparing to start spooling the fibre through one of the draw pits.

Caption 3 : The drawing of the fibre lasted the entire day, through the rain too. However, by the end of the day, the line was in place ready for termination at each end.

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