Qamcom’s mission is to create and produce a subsystem for the SKA-Mid telescope (the one located in South Africa) that will transform analog radio signals coming from space into amplified and clean digital signals – including filter out all non-essential data and reduce external and internal noise. Given the distances involved, interferences, and the vast amount of data, it can be likened to removing haystacks from needles. The purpose is to provide relevant information, enhance quality, and streamline analysis through exceptionally advanced signal processing. The subsystem is called Single Pixel Feed Receivers for Bands 1,2 and 3 (SPFRx123). Towards the end of the decade, when the subsystem is installed and the telescope operational, researchers will be able to gaze into the universe at four times higher resolution, with five times higher sensitivity and 60 times faster than the currently most advanced radio telescope in the world.
“We consider this prestigious assignment to be a tremendous honor, not only for Qamcom but also for Sweden as a whole, positioning us on the global map as a forefront technology provider in the science context. The extended and expanded scope of the project stands as a testament to our ability to instill trust and meet the demand for world-class expertise, as demonstrated through our prior collaboration with SKAO, via Chalmers Industriteknik and Onsala Space Observatory. We eagerly anticipate shouldering increased responsibility, managing the entire project lifecycle – from project management, development and industrialization to education for the integration and installation of the subsystem,” says Bengt Münter, Project Manager at Qamcom.