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


The past four months have been productive but turbulent for DISH and the next few months look likely to be similar as the Consortium Lead Organisation is changing. But more on that later … Overview of progress The period from…Read more

Infrastructure Australia

This quarter has had a range of activities, with providing input to the SKAO’s cost control programme being one of the more important ones, as the organisation worked to examine a range of options to bring the project back on…Read more

Infrastructure South Africa

The INFRA SA 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. The Consortium…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

In the last few months the Signal and Data Transport (SADT) Consortium has been working on finalising the detailed design of the SKA networks in preparation for Critical Design Review (CDR). A great deal of this progress has come from…Read more

Telescope Manager

Overview The Telescope Manager (TM) systems will interact with and control elements of the Observatory in order to make it function. It will effectively be the brain and nervous system of the SKA Telescope, playing a central role, managing resources…Read more

Science Data Processor

Architecture The SDP is now is in full implementation mode of the Software Engineering Institute’s (SEI) Views and Beyond approach for the System Architecture. After conducting various generic as well as SDP tailored Quality Attributes workshops earlier this year, teams…Read more

Low Frequency Aperture Array

After the first deployment of the LFAA verification system at the Murchison Radio Observatory debugging started. This resulted in a number of corrections which will be tested in a campaign in August. When successful, full deployment of the 400-antenna large…Read more