KOCHI: The Cochin University of Science and Technology ( Cusat) has received frequency allotment for the Stratosphere Troposphere (ST) Radar, coming up at the main campus. The radar will operate at 205 MHz frequency, according to the approval given by the wireless promotion and coordination (WPC) wing of the ministry of communications.
There was a delay in issuing the bandwidth by the Centre following controversies surrounding the 2G, 3G spectrum licences during the first UPA government.
The project will now speed up as the technical committee has approved the design of the radar. “The radar is being made by the Chennai-based Data Patterns (India) Pvt Ltd which has won the contract for supplying and installing the system,” said K Mohankumar, project director of ST Radar facility and professor at the department of atmospheric sciences.
The Rs 20-crore doppler radar is the first of its kind provided to a university by the ministry of science and technology for research purpose.
Meanwhile, work on the first phase of the 22,000-sq ft building, which will house the facility, is nearing completion. A total of 712 antenna elements will be installed at the facility which will provide information on weather, atmosphere and the monsoon.