Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory

National Research Council Canada, Kaleden, British Columbia
What the facility does

Science and technology research, and development related to radio astronomy

Areas of expertise

The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) is an internationally known facility for science and technology research, and development related to radio astronomy. Home to National Research Council Canada (NRC) astronomers, astrophysicists, engineers and technologists, as well as visiting researchers and students from universities and astronomical observatories around the world, these facilities support the design and development of leading-edge instrumentation for new and existing telescopes. Operating several telescopes on its extensive radio-quiet site near Penticton, British Columbia, DRAO also features laboratories and specialized equipment for design and construction of all aspects of radio-frequency instrumentation, from highly sensitive antennas and receiver systems to high speed digital signal processing hardware and software.

Research services

The DRAO's telescopes are available to qualified Canadian and non-Canadian researchers, with time allocated through a peer review process.

Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
John A. Galt TelescopeA 26m diameter, prime-focus, equatorially mounted telescope with interchangeable feeds that operate from 0.4 to 7 GHz
Synthesis Telescope7-element array of 9m telescopes offering wide-field continuum imaging, as well as atomic hydrogen spectroscopy


Applying for DRAO observing time