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
The fifth edition of ASKAP Technical Update, featuring
news on the development of phased array feeds for use in radio
astronomy, creating 'simulated skies' for ASKAP science projects,
and the latest technical progress on ASKAP, has been published. To
read it visit
June 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:
- Trans-Tasman antennas successfully linked
- Perth–Geraldton fibre construction begins
- Super Science Awards boost Australian SKA program
- Italy–Australia relationship develops
- Deputy SKA Project Scientist appointed
- Australia, New Zealand participate in SKA meetings
- ASKAP geothermal cooling trial takes next step, and
- News from Geraldton and a round-up of recent outreach
CSIRO is currently looking to fill two positions in the ASKAP
team: Administration Officer and Maintenance Assistant (both to be
based in Geraldton, Western Australia). If you're interested in
applying for these roles, 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).
Geraldton-based Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MWCCI)
is wanting to make contact with companies either already engaged
with the ASKAP and SKA projects, or likely to tender for upcoming
work. Vickie Petersen is the Mid West Procurement Officer and would
like to meet with main contractors to help them identify local
businesses for future projects.
If you can assist Vickie and would like to be put in contact with
local (Geraldton/Mid West) companies, please contact Vickie
Mid West Procurement Officer, MWCCI
Ph: (08) 0458 646 767
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What is ASKAP?
The Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) will be a
next-generation radio telescope located 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.