Reports from the Consortia

Low Frequency Aperture Array

During a 10-day installation campaign from 6th to 17th November, an international team from Australia, Italy, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom installed all remaining antennas of the AAVS1 main station, along with debugging some of the already installed antennas…Read more

Wideband Single Pixel Feed

The Wide Band SPF consortium is in preparation for PDR for early 2019. Prototype component developments including the Band A prototype feed is ready for assembly. Band B, as described in the August eNews still has issues on one polarisation…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

Dish

In the past few months, the Dish Consortium has completed the management hand over from CSIRO, Australia to JLRAT, China. The new Dish Consortium Lead, Wang Feng (JLRAT), and the Management Forum are now administering and serving the Dish Consortium…Read more

Infrastructure Australia

During this quarter significant progression of the design packages was achieved. A series of one-day workshops were undertaken between CSIRO and Aurecon to progress the infrastructure design towards CDR in mid-2018. A first stage of this work towards CDR is…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. SYSTEM ENGINEERING…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 Aperture Arrays (AAs) is the capability of…Read more

Signal and Data Transport

SaDT is responsible for the transmission of SKA data and the provision of timing, across two telescope-wide networks. The Signal and Data Transport (SADT) Consortium has been focussing on completing and internally reviewing the documentation that describes the detailed design…Read more

Telescope Manager

Overview As we are marching towards our CDR submission milestone (Jan 2018), we are busy getting ready the design documentation. Three of the five important milestones on this path have been already accepted by the SKAO; for other milestones the…Read more