CSIRO opens Observatory office

By Flornes Yuen

5 July 2013

Yesterday, 4 July 2013, we officially opened our newest office space for CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, in Western Australia.

But it’s really more than just office space; the MRO Support Facility is actually the new support hub for our ASKAP telescope and the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO), which is located about 350km inland from the coastal city of Geraldton.

CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science staff in Geraldton.

CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science staff in Geraldton.

The MSF was designed as the ‘home base’ for CSIRO staff whose primary role it is to provide remote operations services for ASKAP.  Aside from the office essentials, the following features are also packed into the building:

The MSF will also provide support services for the other international projects under development at the MRO, such as the Murchison Widefield Array and the future Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope.

A small local event was held to mark the official opening of the MSF.

A small local event was held to mark the official opening of the MSF and thank the local community for their support.

Yesterday’s ceremony was a local community event held to not only mark the official opening of the MSF, but also a chance for us to say “thank-you” to the regional stakeholders from the area who have been crucial in the establishment of the MRO, the ASKAP telescope and also the MSF itself.

Read more about the MRO Support Facility.

ASKAP Project Director Ant Schinckel and CASS Chief Lewis Ball pull back the curtains on the new MSF.

ASKAP Project Director Ant Schinckel and CASS Chief Lewis Ball pull back the curtains on the new MSF.