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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 (BETA) (the first six ASKAP antennas at the site to be installed with CSIRO’s innovative phased array feed (PAF) receivers).

ASKAP is a 36-antenna array of radio dishes built in the Murchison in Western Australia as one of three prototype telescopes – called precursors – for the SKA. ASKAP is currently undergoing advanced testing to prepare the array for science observations.

ASKAP Project Scientist Lisa Harvey-Smith said of the busy days, “It’s encouraging to have everyone working as a team in the Science Operations Centre; sharing ideas and data is a crucial part of developing solutions to the challenges we face while commissioning BETA, and ultimately ASKAP.”

Full release from CSIRO here.

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