The NRAO operates a complementary, state-of-the-art suite of radio telescope facilities for use by the scientific community, regardless of institutional or national affiliation: the Very Large Array (VLA), the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT), and the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA). The scientists and engineers at the NRAO Technology Center (NTC) develop new instrumentation and capabilities for NRAO telescopes.
The NRAO is building two new major research facilities in partnership with the international community that will soon open new scientific frontiers at centimeter through sub-millimeter wavelengths: the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), and the Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA).
Access to ALMA observing time by the North American astronomical community will be through the North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) based at the NRAO headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia. The NAASC is operated by the NRAO in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada.
Research Facilities Development
|The ALMA Development Plan, created in consultation with the international astronomy community, will set out the scientific context and vision for transformational science with ALMA in 2020 and define the development required to achieve this vision.
|The next generation camera systems for the Green Bank Telescope will include feed horn arrays, phased array receivers, and bolometer arrays that will provide a quantum leap in science capability.
|A VLBA sensitivity upgrade is underway with international partners. New technology will increase VLBA data rate to 4 Gbits/sec by 2011, a 16-fold increase.