Welcome to this "new look" edition of ASKAP & SKA News for
Australian Industry. This issue includes:
If you have any questions about CSIRO's ASKAP and SKA industry
engagement activity, please don't hesitate to contact me.
CSIRO ATNF Business Development Manager
CSIRO invites interested engineers to participate in our 3rd
Special Technical ASKAP/SKA Industry Discussion Session,
"Developing sensitive, ultra-wideband phased array receivers for
This session will comprise a technical overview of the
development of phased array receiver design, followed by an open
discussion session on ASKAP challenges and relevance to the SKA.
When: 10am – 12 noon, Friday 23 October 2009
Where: CSIRO ATNF Marsfield, NSW
development of an SKA pathfinder – status and challenges (Dr
||Designing a phased array feed for astronomy (Dr Stuart Hay)
- Unique aspects and
comparison with current multibeam systems
- Design and optimisation options
||Building the world’s first "chequerboard" phased array feed (PAF)
receivers (Russell Gough)
- ASKAP prototype PAF receivers:
- System specifications
- Design options
- Prototype PAF receiver system
- Key challenges and future directions:
- Mass production and testing of receiver packages
- Component cooling
- Integrated receivers ("system on a chip")
||Developing the next-generation receiver
– L-band "system on a
chip" (Suzy Jackson)
- Proof of concept
- Future development work – scale and viability
||Q&A and short industry contributions (5mins) on
||Wrap up, conclude
Participants will be welcome to tour our laboratory facilities and
stay for lunch/further discussions.
RSVPs essential: If you wish to attend this free event,
please contact Carole Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
by 16 October 2009. Please also indicate if you would like to
present a short industry contribution and include a brief outline.
Expert participants are welcome. Please note that this is not a
general briefing on the SKA.
The second edition of ASKAP Technical Update has been
published online. For the latest ASKAP-specific technical news
The international, EU FP7 co-funded "PrepSKA" project will
deliver the preliminary plans, costings and structures to enable SKA
Phase I to commence post-2012. The participation of industry in SKA
is critical, and one of the eight PrepSKA "work packages" focuses on
“SKA Procurement and Industry Involvement”.
Mike Bryson (Manager, SKA Taskforce, email
email@example.com) is the key contact at the Australian Department of
Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR), which is coordinating
Australia’s input into this important work with contributions
from ASKAIC and the government
agencies developing the Australia – New Zealand SKA bid. Further
activities relating to this preparatory work will be communicated to
Australian industry over the next 18 months. Please note that there
is no request for direct industry inputs at this time.
Australia and New Zealand have officially come together as part
of the international effort to realise the vision of the SKA,
following the signing of a collaboration arrangement in Sydney on
21 August 2009.
To reflect the new arrangement "auSKA" communication materials
will be rebranded "anzSKA".
For more information on the joint Australia and New Zealand SKA
bid visit www.ska.gov.au or
www.ska.govt.nz. More news and information will
also follow in anzSKA Newsletter
24, which is due out later this
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