The NSF has announced that the giant radio telescope/dish will con­tin­ue to do crit­i­cal research, and has changed man­age­ment hands to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cen­tral Flori­da (UCF).

The Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion announced Thurs­day that the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cen­tral Flori­da will man­age the Areci­bo Obser­va­to­ry, a major radio tele­scope facil­i­ty in Puer­to Rico. Areci­bo has long been one of the most sig­nif­i­cant and largest tele­scope facil­i­ties avail­able to researchers, but the NSF has been look­ing to scale back its sup­port for the facil­i­ty. The uni­ver­si­ty said it planned major improve­ments for the facil­i­ty. UCF will lead a new con­sor­tium — includ­ing Uni­ver­si­dad Met­ro­pol­i­tana in San Juan and Yang Enter­pris­es, a Flori­da com­pa­ny — that will man­age the obser­va­to­ry.

Scott Jaschik