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National awards recognise engineering excellence of the ASKAP PAF

21 November 2013, Sydney, AustraliaCSIRO’s innovative new phased array feed (PAF) receiver system, developed for ASKAP, the SKA and radio astronomy, has taken home a national Engineers Australia Engineering Excellence Award at a ceremony in Canberra last night.

The Australian Engineering Excellence Awards recognise world-class expertise and innovation in developing and implementing engineering solutions.

Earlier this year, the ASKAP PAF won two Sydney division Engineering Excellence Awards – in Innovations & Inventions and Research & Development. For the national finalists, the judging panel seeks to identify unique projects that demonstrate outstanding excellence, innovation and best practice.

As the first chequerboard receiver built specifically for radio astronomy, the ASKAP PAF uses a revolutionary technique for receiving radio astronomy signals to simultaneously sample large areas of sky, providing ASKAP with a large field of view.

ASKAP is one of the precursor telescopes for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). It will eventually be integrated into phase 1 of the SKA after being a separate instrument for some years.

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Six ‘first generation’ ASKAP PAF systems are already installed on ASKAP antennas at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in Western Australia. Here visible on the forefront antenna.