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DARA project wins Better Satellite World Award

By [email protected] - 7th January 2019 - 14:04

A team including satellite communications innovator Goonhilly Earth Station announced that they have won a Better Satellite World Award for the Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) project. DARA, a Newton Fund project led by Professor Melvin Hoare of the University of Leeds with Goonhilly as an industry partner, uses radio astronomy to develop high-tech and business skills in eight sub-Saharan African countries: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia. Part of the UK’s official development assistance, the Newton Fund was launched in 2014 to support the economic and social welfare of partner countries by strengthening their science and innovation capacity. Goonhilly brings proven commercial expertise as well as providing valuable student training. It is also collaborating with Professor Hoare and other UK universities to convert the old 30-m class telecoms dishes into radio telescopes on its own