Aerial view of Chilbolton Observatory
Chilbolton Observatory is a 76 hectare site surrounded by arable land in rural Hampshire. During the second world war it was an airfield. In the 1960s it was chosen to be the site of the pioneering 25m antenna due to its clear view of the horizon and its relative freedom from sources of radio interference. In addition to this antenna it is now home to an extensive range of sensitive meteorological equipment.
Its large area makes it easy to accommodate visiting instruments for research programmes and field campaigns. Several high-profile campaigns have been successfully hosted at the site in recent years.