协会, 合伙, (国际性)财团
合作, 联合, 财团
n.an association of companies for some definite purpose
Now, with the ALFA consortium operating the multi-beam receiver, things have become much simpler for SETI observers.
But there is strength in numbers: working together, the ALFA consortium is granted as much as one third of all the observation time at Arecibo.
Because all the members of the ALFA consortium share an interest in efficiently surveying the sky, the multi-beam receiver generally does not dwell on a single point for long.
This consortium dismisses 150 people from its staff each year
RBS would be answerable to the regulator until the Dutch and other watchdogs were comfortable with the consortium members taking over their shares of the business.