Jodrell Bank's future secured by new funding
The Jodrell Bank telescope has been secured for the "medium and long-term future", the University of Manchester said today.
The Government's Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has agreed to contribute towards the running costs of the radio astronomy centre in Cheshire, the university said.
The cash will initially provide two years of funding for the e-MERLIN project, which comprises two telescopes at Jodrell Bank, as well as dishes at Pickmere and Darnhall in Cheshire, Knockin in Shropshire, Defford in Worcestershire and one in Cambridge.
A university spokesman added that the long-term future of Jodrell Bank will be secured by a further commitment by the STFC to invest in the development of the next generation facility in radio astronomy, the Square Kilometre Array.
Professor Alan Gilbert, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manchester, said: "We are delighted that the STFC has recognised the scientific importance of e-MERLIN and the Square Kilometer Array, and that they have provided a commitment to fund these important projects, which will guarantee the future of Jodrell Bank."
Jodrell Bank began life when Sir Bernard Lovell installed some old army radar equipment at the site in 1945, with the landmark Lovell telescope opening in 1957.
A 250ft, fully-steerable radio telescope, it was the only one in the world capable of tracking Sputnik 1's carrier rocket and remains one of the biggest and most powerful radio telescopes in the world.
The annual running costs of e-MERLIN are around £2.5million, the university said.
Figures have not been confirmed for the Square Kilometre Array, which will comprise telescopes in Australia and South Africa but will have headquarters at Jodrell Bank.
The university promised the Square Kilometre Array will be the most advanced telescope in the world when it is in operation by 2020.
- 1 Belgium fan Axelle Despiegelaere lands L'Oreal campaign after World Cup viral photo
- 2 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
- 5 Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country
Scottish independence: Scots of Corby take matters into their own hands in mock referendum - and deliver overwhelming verdict
Protesters fight to save Arturo, the polar bear sweltering in baking hot zoo
Fry ‘criticises Operation Yewtree in dinner party rant’ calling for tougher laws to deter false sex abuse allegations
Supermoon 2014 in pictures: Moon appeared bigger and brighter at the weekend
Saharan remains may be evidence of first race war, 13,000 years ago
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
Emergency data law: David Cameron plots to bring back snoopers’ charter
NUT strike: David Cameron announces crackdown on strike action ahead of mass industrial action
£35000 - £45000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: Software En...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: Software Tea...
£20000 - £40000 per annum: Deerfoot IT Resources Limited: Sales Executive - Ce...
£40000 - £50000 per annum: Deerfoot IT Resources Limited: Graduate Java / C++ ...