Reports from the Consortia

Low Frequency Aperture Array

The LFAA Consortium had a productive period with successful milestone achievements and a good ramping up to the production of the Aperture Array Verification System (AAVS1), a 400-antenna 4-station system, which will be the ultimate LFAA test platform. An extensive…Read more

Assembly, Integration & Verification

Overview 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

Overview 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 engineers, scientists and managers from various academic institutions, industry and government…Read more


DISH has made significant progress since last reporting in August with the consortium now in the process of preparing for and completing Detailed Design Reviews (DDRs) for all sub-elements. September was a particularly busy month with preparations for LMC (local…Read more

Infrastructure Australia

Using the recently revised configuration of SKA1-low, INAU submitted cost updates (Capex and Opex) to the SKAO in early September 2016, along with ideas for possible savings in capital costs. The subsequent costings review went very well. One potential capital…Read more

Infrastructure South Africa

Overview 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. There…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

Overview The SADT team attended the Annual SKA Engineering meeting in Stellenbosch and found that it was extremely productive opportunity for discussing and agreeing a number of technical issues with other Consortia. In addition, while still in Stellenbosch, we held…Read more

Telescope Manager

Overview Telescope Manager (TM) has made good progress with respect to the sub-element level Requirements Baseline (RBL). Three out of the four sub-element level RBLs have been formed whereas the last one is in the process. After a delay of…Read more