SKA antennas – what will the SKA look like?
Take a look at how the two SKA sites in Australia and South Africa will look when the telescopes are complete! These images blend photos of real hardware already on the ground at both sites with artist’s impressions of the future SKA antennas. The day and night composites of the two sites combine all elements in South Africa and Australia. Credits: SKA Observatory.
Prototypes on site
The Aperture Array Verification System 2.0 (AAVS2.0), a demonstrator for SKA-Low at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Obervatory in Western Australia. The full station uses 256 SKALA4.1-AL prototype antennas realised by INAF with the Italian industrial partner Sirio Antenne, a design that has successfully passed the SKA System Critical Design Review (CDR). (Credit: Michale Goh/ICRAR-Curtin)
A close up of the SKA’s low-frequency prototype antennas, part of the Aperture Array Verification System constructed on site at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in Western Australia. These are SKALA 4.1 antennas designed by the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) and manufactured in Italy. (Credit: ICRAR-Curtin)
The almost fully assembled SKA-MPI prototype dish on the South African site. SKA-MPI is funded by the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy (MPIfR). In this image, the dish is missing its central panel and feed indexer. Credit: SARAO/Angus Flowers
The SKA-MPI prototype dish on the South African site. SKA MPI is funded by the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy (MPIfR), and is the first SKA prototype dish to be assembled on site. (Credit: SKAO)