The Zulu phrase 'indlebe zikhany' ilanga' literally means those whose ears glow in the sun. This phrase gave rise to the project name Indlebe, which means ear.


The year 2009 was the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first look at the night sky through a telescope and was declared as the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) by a resolution from the United Nations.

In 2006 the Department of Electronic Engineering at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) embarked on an ambitious project to design, construct and test a radio telescope operating at the Hydrogen Line frequency of 1420MHz with the intention of having a fully functional radio telescope operational on the campus by 2009 to coincide with the IYA.

The aims of the project are:

The project is partially funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and falls under the DUT niche research area of Systems Research.

The Durban University of Technology is located in the city of Durban, on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Latitude 29:51:11.5 S, longitude 31:00:12.3 E.

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Milestones


February 2006 Project initiated
April 2006 First MTech student registered
December 2006 NRF Research Grant funding secured
January 2007 Visit to HartRAO by staff and students
May 2007 Second MTech student registered
July 2007 Three BTech student projects registered
August 2007 Parabolic reflector installed (photo gallery)
September 2007 Indlebe website activated
September 2007 Indlebe project recognised as a resource by the IYA
September 2007 Paper presented at SAIEE Africon 2007
October 2007 Receiver prototype completed
December 2007 Visit to Indlebe facility by HartRAO/SKA/KAT team (photo gallery)
April 2008 Presentation at SA AMSAT Space Symposium, UKZN
28 July 2008 First Light - Sagittarius A
September 2008 Articles published in Engineer IT, Canopus, Position IT
September 2008 Presentation to Durban branch of ASSA and IYA 2009 outreach workshop
May 2009  Handover of donation of Adroit SCADA software package (photo gallery)
June 2009 Visit to HartRAO by the first group of students recruited for the SKA SA program (photo gallery)
June 2009 Two new MTech projects and four BTech projects registered
June 2009 First calibrated results obtained of Vela X and Centaurus A
July 2009Publication in South African Instrumentation and Control
July 2009 Publication in Position-IT
21 October 2009 Visit from the Minister of Science and Technology
23 November 2009 Two papers presented at the SAASTEC conference in Sutherland
17 April 2010 Presentation at SA AMSAT Space Symposium, UKZN

 
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