Reports from the Consortia

Assembly, Integration & Verification

Introduction The Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV) work package represents one of nine key elements that will make up the SKA1 Telescope. Whereas the other eight elements are tasked with designing key components of the SKA1 Telescope, the AIV element…Read more

Central Signal Processor

Design of the SKA Central Signal Processing (CSP) Element Who are we? The “Central Signal Processor” (CSP) Consortium is comprised of 13 signatories from 8 countries with more than 10 additional participating organisations. The Consortium includes a rich mixture of…Read more


DISH has continued to make strong progress since last reporting in December and, at time of writing, all Detailed Design Reviews (DDRs) relevant for Bands 1 and 2 have been conducted although a few issues for resolution remain. December was…Read more

Infrastructure Australia

Infrastructure Australia (INAU) held a deep dive exercise in February 2017, to review capital costs and operational assumptions and to explore further cost reduction options for the project. The review was thorough and went very well, with significant progress at…Read more

Infrastructure South Africa

The INSA Consortium is responsible for the design of the Infrastructure & Power Products for SKA1-mid in South Africa. This includes Access (roads, civil works), Buildings, Communication, Site Monitoring, Security, Antenna Foundations, Vehicles, Power, Water and Sanitation. Good progress is…Read more

Mid-Frequency Aperture Array

Overview The AAMID Consortium, working on the Mid-Frequency Aperture Array (MFAA), an Advanced Instrumentation Work Package, aims to demonstrate the feasibility, competitiveness and cost-effectiveness of MFAA technology for SKA2. The key advantage of AAs is the capability of realising a…Read more

Signal and Data Transport

The requirements freeze following the latest release (revision 10) of the Level 1 technical requirements has allowed SADT to stabilise the design of the SKA’s data and timing networks. The Consortium team is now preparing the documentation needed for Critical…Read more

Telescope Manager

Overview Since the last reporting in December 2016 TM has baselined the last remaining LINFRA sub-element Requirements. The prototyping activity has continued in the area of performance analysis whereas LMC Interface Simulator prototype has seen a good progress. The TM…Read more

Science Data Processor

Architecture Along with other SKA consortia, SDP is working towards implementing Software Engineering Institute (SEI) approaches to its software architecture documentation. This style is useful for promoting architecture decision processes based on concrete “quality attribute” scenarios. These methods will help…Read more

Low Frequency Aperture Array

The Aperture Array Design and Construction Consortium had a productive period with successful milestone achievements and a good ramping up to the production and roll-out of the Aperture Array Verification System (AAVS1), a 400-antenna 4-station system, which will be the…Read more