Welcome to the final edition of ASKAP & SKA News for
Australian Industry for 2009. In this issue you'll find:
If you have any questions about CSIRO's ASKAP and SKA industry
engagement activity, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year
Business Development Manager
CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science
A new version of the
ASKAP Industry Opportunities Register is now available. The
changes incorporated into this version (v3.0) include:
- Rebranding from 'auSKA' to 'anzSKA' following the recent
signing of an arrangement between Australia and New Zealand to
work together on a joint bid for the SKA.
- Changes to the timing of RFTs for focal plant arrays (pp
11-14), beamformers (pp 17-18), correlator (pp 20-22), optical
fibre link (p 33) and computing (p 35).
The SKA Project Development Office invites you to attend
SKA2010, an international SKA science and engineering
meeting, to be held in Manchester, UK, from 22 to 25 March 2010.
SKA2010 will have a strong focus on system and sub-system
engineering decisions, and design/science trade-off issues. The
results of these discussions are likely to have substantial impact
on the technical direction and procurement needs of the
Senior level engineers, technologists and project managers (max.
two delegates per organisation) are encouraged to attend the full
program of talks to assess the technical needs of the project, their
potential engagement, and to contribute an industry perspective.
Trade exhibition booths won’t be available, but there will be
space for technically relevant posters and plenty of opportunity for
delegates to network. Firms interested in sponsoring organised
networking events, such as end-of-day refreshments, should contact
Note that SKA2010 is separate to the international SKA Forum that
will take place in June 2010. Australia's involvement in the SKA
Forum 2010 will be coordinated by the Australian Government's
Department of Innovation, Industry and Science and Research, and
more details will be available closer to the event.
The tender for the construction of fibre optic cable between
Geraldton and the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory will be
released by AARNet, acting as managing agent for CSIRO, within
the next few weeks. Once the tender has been released a notice
will be placed on the
AusTender website and an alert will be sent to this mailing
The third edition of ASKAP Technical Update has been
published. For the latest ASKAP-specific technical news
The December 2009 edition of
anzSKA Newsletter, which reports on the progress of
SKA-related activities in Australia and New Zealand, is now online.
Highlights of this issue include:
- Indigenous Land Use Agreement complete
- ASKAP engineer receives top science award
- Senator Carr visits US, UK
- Australia, New Zealand participate in SKA planning
- CSIRO, IBM to collaborate on single digital backend
- Industry news from Australia and New Zealand
On 1 December 2009 a new Division within CSIRO – CSIRO Astronomy
and Space Science – was formally created.
The new Division brings together CSIRO's radio astronomy capabilities
(through the Australia Telescope National Facility), NASA Operations
(including the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex), CSIRO
Space Sciences and Technology and the Boeing Advisor. The enlarged
business unit will encompass radio astronomy, space science
coordination, advanced aerospace business development, and national/international
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