Reports from the Consortia

Low Frequency Aperture Array

[NOTE: This contribution was sent before the LFAA CDR, that was held at SKA HQ on 11-13 December] The consortium together with the SKAO completed the Critical Design Review material. The CDR will be held in Dec 2018, the final…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

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 organizations. The Consortium includes a rich mixture of…Read more


­ The very latest news from the Dish Consortium would be that the Dish Preliminary Critical Design Review has just been successfully held. This has been considered as a great opportunity to improve the Dish CDR process as well as…Read more

Infrastructure Australia

1881 . That is the number of days since the Square Kilometre Array Organisation (SKAO) and Infrastructure Australia (INAU) met to kick-off the pre-construction phase design for SKA1 in October 2013 (to the time of writing this article). 5 .…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 INFRA…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

Earlier this month the SADT Consortium completed the last of the actions arising from Critical Design Review (CDR) completing CDR close-out from a technical / design point of view. As a result, we held the final SADT Consortium team telecom…Read more

Telescope Manager

As indicated in the last edition of the SKA eNews, following the Telescope Manager (TM) CDR closure by the end of July 2018, the Bridging Phase for the TM was officially started from the start of August 2018. The TM…Read more

Science Data Processor

At the end of October the SDP Consortium submitted its full document set for Critical Design Review. (These can be found at together with a large number of supporting memos ( and Table 1 below shows the documents…Read more