Science and technology research, and development related to radio astronomy
The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) is an internationally known facility for science and technology research, and development related to radio astronomy. Home to National Research Council Canada (NRC) astronomers, astrophysicists, engineers and technologists, as well as visiting researchers and students from universities and astronomical observatories around the world, these facilities support the design and development of leading-edge instrumentation for new and existing telescopes. Operating several telescopes on its extensive radio-quiet site near Penticton, British Columbia, DRAO also features laboratories and specialized equipment for design and construction of all aspects of radio-frequency instrumentation, from highly sensitive antennas and receiver systems to high speed digital signal processing hardware and software.
The DRAO's telescopes are available to qualified Canadian and non-Canadian researchers, with time allocated through a peer review process.
- Aerospace and satellites
Specialized Labs and Equipment
|Name of equipment in use||Description of Function|
|John A. Galt Telescope||A 26m diameter, prime-focus, equatorially mounted telescope with interchangeable feeds that operate from 0.4 to 7 GHz|
|Synthesis Telescope||7-element array of 9m telescopes offering wide-field continuum imaging, as well as atomic hydrogen spectroscopy|
|Applying for DRAO observing time|