Meet the BEAM 3rd Gen: the ASTRO project

At the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, a group of passionate and dedicated students came together to form ASTRO (Aristotle Student Telescope for Radioastronomy Observations). This team, driven by their love for astronomy, is tirelessly working on developing and designing a state-of-the-art radio telescope.

The ASTRO project is a challenging endeavour that is currently in progress. We visited the students at their meeting place, the university’s observatory, to learn more about the hurdles they face, their project organization, and their future aspirations. It operates as a subgroup of BEAM 3rd Gen, leveraging both national and international collaborations from the university’s faculty. They receive support and guidance from experienced astronomers and engineers specializing in radio telescope construction. The primary goal of the ASTRO project is to enhance the university’s educational and research facilities while fostering the growth of astronomy, particularly radio astronomy, in Greece.

Given the project’s innovative nature within the Greek context and the large, diverse team of students, they face a range of challenges. However, their enthusiasm and commitment propel them forward, making strides in a field that holds great promise for both educational and scientific advancement in Greece. The ASTRO team’s efforts are not just about building a radio telescope—they’re about pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in Greek science and inspiring the next generation of astronomers. In our conversations with the team, we delved into their technical challenges, meticulous study plans, and vision for the future. Their dedication and innovative spirit promise to make significant contributions to the field of radio astronomy.

ASTRO – Exclusive video interview with the students

Catch the enthusiasm and insights of the ASTRO team in our exclusive video interview. They talk about their groundbreaking project, their journey, and what lies ahead in their exciting venture into space research.

George Mavridis is a freelance journalist and writer based in Greece. His work primarily covers tech, innovation, social media, digital communication, and politics. He graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication. Also, he holds an MA in Media and Communication Studies from the Malmö University of Sweden and an MA in Digital Humanities from the Linnaeus University of Sweden.