The world's largest telescope

The challenge

The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Manchester has undertaken front-end design and development of a novel and potentially breakthrough technology for an international project to build the world’s largest radio telescope. The telescope, to be located in the deserts of Australia and South Africa, will probe the beginnings of the universe to help advance understanding of galaxy formation and evolution. The University was finding that its enabling technology was difficult to describe to people, especially the companies who will be involved in building the telescope. HTP were invited to explore ways of bringing alive the technology through computer-generated visualisation and animation.

HTP response

We developed an animation sequence that shows an ultra-realistic build up of the technology’s construction against a real desert background. This is to scale and clearly demonstrates the different layers of work involved in the construction process.


A 30-second explanation that graphically gets across the scope and concept of the project in a way that couldn’t be achieved with CAD drawings.

Let’s work


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