Reports from the Consortia

Low Frequency Aperture Array

The consortium, together with the SKAO, is working on the completion of the Critical Design Review material, but in the meantime engineering work continues. Prototypes of the improved SKALA antenna have been built and are currently being tested in Europe…Read more

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

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


In the past few months, all of the Dish’s sub-element teams have been busy with the qualification tests and review preparations. The mechanical alignment of SKA-P was completed in June in China; the second prototype dish, SKA-MPI, recently arrived in…Read more

Infrastructure Australia

The focus during this period has been towards Infrastructure Australia’s Critical Design Review meeting held at the SKAO 27 – 29 June 2018. All 2.3 GB (620 individual documents) were submitted on schedule and the team flew to Manchester for…Read more

Infrastructure South Africa

The INFRA SA Consortium is responsible for the design of the Infrastructure & Power Sub-elements 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

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 very…Read more

Signal and Data Transport

At the end of February, the Signal and Data Transport (SADT) Consortium submitted its design for the SKA’s networks to be assessed in a Critical Design Review (CDR). This marked the culmination of over four and a half years of…Read more

Telescope Manager

Overview It gives us immense pleasure and proud to share that we were able to successfully achieve the TM CDR closure recently and with that, we come to the end of formal CDR phase for the TM. We embarked on…Read more

Science Data Processor

M20 – Submission, Review, OARs and Report Since the last eNews submission in April 2018, the SDP Consortium successfully submitted a documentation pack of roughly 30 documents for its Pre-CDR, M20, milestone to the SKAO. The documentation pack included key…Read more