ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The largest fully operational radio telescope on the planet – the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico – will soon be under new management.
A consortium led by the University of Central Florida will start formal transition activities to take on the management of the National Science Foundation’s Observatory. NSF is negotiating the operations and management award with UCF.
With its partners, Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan and Yang Enterprises, Inc. in Oviedo, the team plans to expand the capabilities of the telescope, which has made significant contributions to science.
The agreement is valued at $20.15 million, subject to the availability of funds, over five years and is scheduled to begin April 1.
Information provided by the University of Central Florida.