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More bad news from Arecibo Observatory

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 4:14 am
by StefanR5R
Another cable broke on November 6, this time a main cable. :-(

News release from November 13 by UCF

Engineers are assessing the causes and repair options, but site works are difficult due to the acute danger of total collapse.

Re: More bad news from Arecibo Observatory

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:33 am
by Skillz
I've been following this since the first damage that happened to to.

They think the way the cable is anchored is flawed. Which means all of the cables may end up breaking unless they can fix them.

With a second cable breaking it's not looking good.

Re: More bad news from Arecibo Observatory

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:39 pm
by 10esseetony
Ah Jeez, that is not good. :(

Re: More bad news from Arecibo Observatory

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:16 pm
by Skillz
https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2 ... able-break

Looks like they're gonna demolish it now.

Re: More bad news from Arecibo Observatory

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:46 pm
by crashtech
Oh, man. What a disaster this year has been.

Re: More bad news from Arecibo Observatory

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:03 pm
by StefanR5R
57 years lifetime seems pretty good for a structure of this kind.

November 19 news item from UCF:
https://www.ucf.edu/news/arecibo-observ ... ble-break/
The goal is to bring down the telescope, which includes the platform and Gregorian Dome and keep as many other parts of the facility intact for future use.