Dear SKA friends and colleagues
Welcome to the latest edition of ASKAP & SKA News for
Australian Industry. In this issue you'll find:
Finally, if you have any questions about CSIRO's ASKAP and SKA
industry engagement activity, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Business Development Manager
CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science
A new version of the Industry Opportunities Register is now available. The changes incorporated into this version (v4.0) include:
- Expanded descriptions of the anticipated opportunities for the delivery of the
focal plane arrays, including a separate description of the digital receiver systems
- Consolidation of the opportunities for the beamformer and correlator systems,
given the similarity and relative scale of these systems
- Updated MRO infrastructure opportunities to reflect the scope of the major
(comprehensive) tender to build the MRO facilities
- Updated computing and infrastructure (power systems), reflecting the recent
Government funding for the Pawsey Centre and the EIF funds for a green energy
demonstrator for ASKAP, respectively
- Updates to the timing of a number of completed, current and future RFTs to provide
consistent information to all stakeholders
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The seventh edition of ASKAP Technical Update has been
published. The Update features
the highly accurate surface alignment achieved with CSIRO's new ASKAP antennas,
high-frequency astronomy possible with ASKAP when used as part of the Australian VLBI system,
and the latest technical progress on ASKAP.
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December 2010 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:
- CSIRO's first six antennas constructed
- SKA policy meetings held in Oxford
- SKA Japan Workshop 2010 held in Tokyo
- Growth of NZ radio astronomy supporting the anzSKA bid
- ASKAP Survey Science Teams, one year on
- MWA prepares for final deployment in 2011
- CSIRO handover of a digital system to SKAMP, and
- A round-up of recent outreach activities.
The Twelfth Australian Symposium on Antennas will be held at
Curzon Hall in Sydney on 16–17 February 2011. It is sponsored
by the CSIRO ICT Centre with the aim of bringing together engineers,
scientists and industry representatives working on antennas and related areas.
For more information, visit the
CSIRO ICT Centre website.
CSIRO is currently looking to fill positions in the ASKAP
team such as Junior Mechanical Engineer.
If you'd like to find out more information about
vacancies with the ASKAP team, or know someone who might be, please take
a look at the recruitment information available on the
CSIRO Careers website (simply search on Division: CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science).
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What is ASKAP?
The Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) is a
next-generation radio telescope which is being built by
CSIRO in the Mid West
region of Western Australia. Made up of 36 antennas, it will enable astronomers to answer
questions such as how galaxies form and evolve. It will also
demonstrate new technologies that could be used in the
future Square Kilometre Array radio telescope project. ASKAP
is led by the CSIRO in collaboration with other Australian
and international colleagues.
What is the SKA?
A global, mega-science project, the Square Kilometre
Array (SKA) will be the world's most powerful
centimetre-wave radio telescope. It will consist of a vast
array of antennas spread across large distances and will be used to
explore the origins of the Universe. Australia and New
Zealand, along with Southern Africa, have been shortlisted
as possible locations for the SKA. A decision on its
location is expected in 2012.