Date archive: 2014

CSIRO, NRC & ASTRON team up for SKA pre-construction work

Written by Mathieu Isidro
CSIRO, NRC & ASTRON team up for SKA pre-construction work

CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation of Australia, has been working with representatives of the NRC (National Research Council, Canada) and ASTRON (Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy) to undertake a collaborative measurement programme using three different receiver element … Read more

ASKAP team gets ‘busy’

Written by Mathieu Isidro
ASKAP team gets 'busy'

Update on the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope from CSIRO: As part of ASKAP commissioning and early science activities, the ASKAP team is holding weekly ‘busy days’ to aid ASKAP verification work and progress commissioning of the Boolardy Engineering Test Array … Read more

The Director General of ESO visits the SKA Organisation

Written by Mathieu Isidro
The Director General of ESO visits the SKA Organisation

On Thursday 15th of May, the Director General of ESO, Prof. Tim de Zeeuw, visited the headquarters of the SKA Organisation located at Jodrell Bank Observatory in the UK. ESO, the European Southern Observatory, builds and operates a suite of … Read more

Major step forward for Canada’s NRC-built SKA prototype antenna

Written by Mathieu Isidro
Major step forward for Canada's NRC-built SKA prototype antenna

On Wednesday, May 7th, Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) successfully mounted the DVA-1 Primary Dish onto the telescope pier. DVA-1 is a prototype antenna for the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project. Built just outside of Penticton, BC, Canada, the … Read more

Dates for the 2014 SKA Engineering Meeting announced!

Written by Mathieu Isidro
Dates for the 2014 SKA Engineering Meeting announced!

2014 SKA Engineering Meeting 29 September – 2 October 2014, Fremantle, Western Australia First Announcement The SKA Project is now in the pre-construction phase with 11 Consortia carrying out design work to enable the project to enter the construction phase. … Read more

ASKAP produces first spectral line ‘data cube’

Written by Mathieu Isidro
ASKAP produces first spectral line 'data cube'

The ASKAP team has this week produced the first BETA spectral line image using six ASKAP antennas installed with innovative phased array feed (PAF) receiver systems, as part of ongoing commissioning tests at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in Western Australia, the … Read more

Commissioning of Australian SKA precursor moves forward

Written by Mathieu Isidro
Commissioning of Australian SKA precursor moves forward

Last week in South Africa’s Karoo region was inaugurated the first antenna of what will eventually be a 64-antenna array called MeerKAT, the African SKA precursor telescope (read the release here).  At the same time in Australia, the commissioning of one of Australia’s … Read more

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