Mopra Release notes for 2013APR
Bushfire damage: The Mopra radio telescope was out of action for four months after bushfires burned through much of the Warrumbungle National Park on January 13th, 2013. Fortunately, the telescope itself and the key data-taking equipment were spared by the fire, but mains power was cut and the on-site building suffered significant damage.
Among the work carried out after access to the site was regained, was the removal of rubble and debris from the site, replacement of electrical switchboards damaged in the fire, professional cleaning of electrical and electronic equipment to remove any particulate matter deposited during the fire, confirmation of the structural integrity of the equipment room, re-establishment of the required air-conditioning to the equipment room, and a systematic program of progressive checks of the state of the computers and equipment. This work was completed in the first week of May, and a series of observations has since been conducted to confirm the telescope is fully operational. Work will continue in the coming months to permanently repair or replace the building and other infrastructure.
May marked the commencement of a new operating model for the telescope. Funding from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the University of NSW, and the University of Adelaide will now support operations, with these groups being provided dedicated access in return. Further details of the new model are available.
Daylight Saving: Daylight saving in New South Wales ends at 3:00am Eastern Daylight Saving Time on Sunday April 7, when clocks will be put back one hour. The observing schedule is in AEST. During the daylight saving period, local "clock time" is one hour ahead of AEST, so 7am AEST is 8am daylight saving time.
Public Holidays: Monday April 1st is the Easter Monday public holiday. Thursday April 25th is the ANZAC Day public holiday. Monday June 10th is the Queen's Birthday public holiday in NSW.
Version 1 of the schedule was released on 2013 May 24.
Generated: Phil Edwards (24-may-2013)