PAPER 2009 Deployment

I’ve just returned from building the first 16 antenna section of PAPER in South Africa. The site is in the northern part of the country in the middle of the Karoo desert. With its brown sandy dirt and scrub brush the desert is much like middle New Mexico and felt just like home! Here is a photo gallery of the best pictures from the trip.
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We set up 16 antennae on a patch of land set aside by the South African Square Kilometer Array organization with our computers inside a radio-tight shipping container also kindly lent by the South Africans. Everyone was friendly and helpful. It was a very exciting trip. Within days we were able to set up 16 antenna and make our first image of the southern sky at radio wavelengths.