The Chilbolton Observatory is a research station where experimental studies, primarily of the atmosphere, are conducted. The site is dominated by the fully steerable 25m antenna, which can host advanced powerful radars and also sophisticated sensitive receivers for satellite and astronomy work.
The Observatory hosts the Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR (link opens in a new window)) which is one of the world's most advanced meteorological research facilities and home to the world's largest fully steerable meteorological radar, the Chilbolton Advanced Meteorological Radar (CAMRa). Data collected by the Facility's many instruments are archived and distributed through the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC (link opens in a new window)). Live data from Chilbolton is showcased on the Chilbolton Weather Web (link opens in a new window).
In addition to this the Observatory also hosts a Met Office measurement facility, LOFAR Radio Telescope and a satellite Groundstation.
In support of our ongoing research programmes in atmospheric science and radio propagation, the Chilbolton Observatory frequently hosts visiting experiments and research teams from universities and other research organisations, both from the UK and abroad.
Along with Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Daresbury Laboratory, Chilbolton Observatory (link opens in a new window) is a site owned and operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (link opens in a new window). The CFARR facility at Chilbolton is funded largely by NERC (link opens in a new window) (Natural Environment Research Council). The LOFAR facility is funded by LOFAR UK. (link opens in a new window)
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