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Company ID : 12028

New Case - Commercial Freight and Logistics Pty Ltd., Australia

We are currently arranging the movement of 36 antennas from Beijing China to Murchison located in the remote outback of Western Australia. The antennas are for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope (http://www.atnf.csiro.au/SKA/) being built by CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science.

Each antenna is packed into 3x40 OT containers and shipped from Xingang China to the port of Fremantle, Australia.  From there the containers are trucked by road train some 800kms (250km on unsealed roads) to the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory (MRO), Western Australia. Once there the antennas are assembled to their full height of 18m with a reflector diameter of 12m.

The ASKAP project will be a powerful new radio telescope and will also be used as an important test bed for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) (www.skatelescope.org or www.ska.gov.au). The SKA is an international consortium of institutions from 20 countries planning to construct the next generation radio telescope that will give astronomers an unprecedented insight into the formation of the early universe.