News from the Precursor & Pathfinder facilities

ASKAP Report

ASKAP’s “particularly incredible” Image CSIRO’s Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope was in the media spotlight this week with the release by ANU Professor, Naomi McClure-Griffiths, of this ground-breaking image of the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC). In her Twitter feed, Naomi…Read more

Murchison Widefield Array Report

Phase II expansion complete! The Murchison Widefield Array achieved a major milestone in October with the completion of the “Phase II” expansion – the first major upgrade of the MWA since operations commenced in mid-2013. The upgrade consisted of installing…Read more

Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA)

HERA currently comprises 57 of the eventual 350 elements, with construction proceeding apace. The contract to install the rest of the support poles has been awarded, with the work to be completed before the end of the year. Regular science…Read more

MeerKAT Report

SKA SA finds a new home under SARAO The Minister of Science and Technology of South Africa, the Honourable Naledi Pandor, has announced the simultaneous withdrawal of the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) as a National Research Facility and the…Read more

Parkes Observatory

The Ultra-wideband Low (UWL) receiver (700MHz to 4GHz) was tested on the Parkes 64-m telescope between the 31st July and 2nd August 2017. This installation allowed CSIRO to confirm that the receiver could easily be installed and to demonstrate that…Read more

JIVE/EVN and SKA VLBI Science Working Group

Science frontiers for SKA-VLBI Since last reported, a series of fascinating scientific results have demonstrated the relevance that the high-resolution component for the SKA telescope will have. Additionally, key technical advances that have taken place recently will pave the way…Read more