Reports from the Consortia

Low Frequency Aperture Array

Late last year the Paris Observatoire Nançay joined the AADC Consortium. The team will focus on alternative beamforming techniques: first results of integrated circuit designs are expected soon. The consortium is working on the completion of the Critical Design Review…Read more

Wideband Single Pixel Feed

The WBSPF consortium continues his work towards the PDR. A Band A (1..6 – 5.2 GHz) feed horn was manufactured and tested by the JLRAT team. The test results are in good agreement with the design. The next step is…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 organizations. The Consortium includes a rich mixture of engineers, scientists and managers from various academic institutions, industry…Read more


The Dish Consortium has witnessed the remarkable efforts and huge progress of all sub element teams. The SKA First Prototype Dish Inauguration Ceremony was successfully held in Shijiazhuang China on 6th Feb 2018. It was a very inspiring event not…Read more

Infrastructure Australia

During this quarter the whole INAU team has been hard at work as CDR draws closer, particularly with the long break over the Christmas period. There have been various activities occurring, from the design walkthrough in December 2017, to the…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

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

The Signal and Data Transport (SADT) Consortium has made substantial progress towards Critical Design Review (CDR). We passed a CDR Readiness Review in January and then submitted the CDR document pack at the end of February. The pack was made…Read more

Telescope Manager

Overview The TM Consortium CDR review meeting successfully took place on 17th – 20th April 2018 at the SKA HQ. TM was the first SKA element to face the CDR review meeting. Earlier this year, the Review Readiness Notice (RRN)…Read more