The project is expected to be completed by autumn 2014 and the rollout has been split into four phases.
Cyclops-D3 was rolled-out to the whole network during winter 2010-2011.
This includes the installation of the new Transmitter. Work is currently underway and will roll out one upgrade per month going forward. Each upgrade requires the radar to be non-operational for one to two weeks to allow for the upgrade and testing before it can be returned to the network. The Phase Two schedule is expected to run as follows:
|Radar Switched Off||Radar Switched On||Test/Assimilate Doppler Data Completed||Return to Operational Composite|
This phase addresses the Health & Safety requirement to fit stairs to the top of the tower at all sites and will carry out structural repairs where needed. Each site will be non-operational for between six to eight weeks to address these requirements. The first tower upgrade has been completed at Wardon Hill (the semi-operational site) in preparation for the radar upgrade. Further sites will be upgraded with each Phase Four roll out over the next two to three years. The phases have been combined to reduce the total down time of each radar as much as possible.
This involves the installation of a new dual channel receiver, dual polarisation antenna and high specification radome. The required outage time for this work is two to three weeks. Wardon Hill is currently being upgraded to dual polarisation. After this point the full radar system will be performance tested prior to the first operational site upgrade at Thurnham, currently scheduled for April 2012. The rest of the sites will follow over the next three to four years. The current proposed schedule is:
|Anticipated Month of Decommission||Anticipated Month of Installation|
|Wardon Hill||May 2011||September 2011|
|Thurnham||April 2012||July 2012|
|Hameldon Hill||August 2012||October 2012|
|Chenies||November 2012||January 2013|
|Castor Bay||January 2013||February 2013|
|Predannack||March 2013||April 2013|
|Crug-Y||April 2013||June 2013|
|Munduff Hill||June 2013||July 2013|
|Holehead||August 2013||September 2013|
|Dudwick||September 2013||November 2013|
|High Moorsley||November 2013||January 2014|
|Cobbacombe||January 2014||February 2014|
|Clee Hill||March 2014||April 2014|
|Ingham||May 2014||July 2014|
|Dean Hill||August 2014||October 2014|
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