ASKAP News Archive 2011

Raw on-sky port patterns from CSIRO's ASKAP phased array feed installed on  the 12-metre test antenna at the Parkes Testbed Facility, November 2011. Credit: Aidan Hotan, CSIRO.

Great progress for ASKAP in 2011, December 2011
The past 12 months has seen the construction of CSIRO's ASKAP radio telescope and infrastructure at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory take great leaps forward. Read more.

Event celebrates industry involvement in ASKAP, December 2011
Representatives from more than 20 companies came together on Wednesday 14 December 2011 to celebrate the recent milestones achieved by CSIRO's ASKAP radio telescope project. Read more.

PAF installation gives green light to phase closure, December 2011
Two more phased array feeds (PAFs) have been installed on CSIRO's ASKAP radio telescope at the Murchison Radio Astronomy Observatory in Western Australia, bringing the total number of PAFs now in place to three. Read more.

ASKAP Live flies over the MRO, November 2011
A new website feature makes it possible to take a 'bird's eye view' over the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) and see the construction progress of CSIRO's ASKAP radio telescope. Read more.

PAF successfully 'snaps' sky shot, November 2011
CSIRO's new phased array feed (PAF), or 'radio camera', technology has been successfully demonstrated by taking its first detailed image of the sky. The image shows the raw on-sky port patterns from the PAF, which has been undergoing testing on a 12-metre antenna at CSIRO's Parkes Testbed Facility. Read more.

Simulating ASKAP skies takes strides, November 2011
A supercomputer at the new iVEC Pawsey Centre in Perth has been used for the first time by CSIRO's ASKAP Computing team to simulate how data collected with ASKAP will be processed to create images of the 'radio sky'. Read more.

Two ASKAP antennas driven in unison, November 2011
Two of ASKAP's antennas are seen moving in unison for the first time in a report that aired on ABC TV's 7.30 program on 2 November 2011. Read more.

First PAF successfully installed on ASKAP antenna, October 2011
On Sunday 23 October, the first full-sized phased array feed (PAF) was successfully installed on an ASKAP antenna at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory. The installation marks an important step towards the major ASKAP milestone known as BETA, or the 'Boolardy Engineering Test Array'. Read more.

Control building on its way to the MRO, October 2011
The control building that will house ASKAP’s complex computing systems is on its way to the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO). Beginning on 4 October 2011, 13 trucks will each carry a 15-metre hi-tech steel module from Lonsdale, South Australia. The modules, which make up the control building, will be assembled on site at the MRO. Read more.

ASKAP antenna and infrastructure roll-out continues, September 2011
Nine of ASKAP’s 36 antennas had been constructed at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) by early September 2011, and parts for a further five antennas had been delivered to the site. Construction of supporting infrastructure at the MRO is also well advanced. Read more.

Australia and New Zealand submit SKA proposal, September 2011
Australia and New Zealand have submitted their written proposal to host the SKA, an important step in the international decision making process to determine the best place to site the SKA. Read more.

PAF testing progresses at the Parkes Testbed Facility, July 2011
CSIRO's first phased array feed (PAF) has been successfully mounted on a 12-metre antenna at the ASKAP Testbed Facility in Parkes, NSW. This is an important step in the process of testing the novel technology in readiness for ASKAP. Read more.

Mid West Radio-quiet Zone strengthened in support of radio astronomy, July 2011
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has just announced enhanced protection for the Mid West Radio-quiet Zone (RQZ) in remote Western Australia, to support the development of the world's premier radioastronomy facility at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO). Read more.

Working optical fibre link a big step forward for SKA, July 2011
The discovery potential of the future international SKA radio telescope has been glimpsed following the commissioning of a working optical fibre link between CSIRO's ASKAP telescope, and other radio telescopes across Australia and New Zealand. Read more.

PAF testing underway at the Parkes Testbed Facility, June 2011
CSIRO's first Phased Array Feed (PAF) receiver was recently completed and successfully integrated within a test engineering system in the Marsfield workshop, before being transported to Parkes in preparation for sky tests. Read more.

Wajarri Yamatji names for CSIRO ASKAP antennas, June 2011
CSIRO’s first six ASKAP antennas were officially given Wajarri Yamatji names, chosen by Wajarri elders and bestowed by representatives of seven Aboriginal families at a local community event at the MRO. Read more.

WA Minister for Science and Innovation visits the MRO, May 2011
On 21 May, the Western Australian Minister for Science and Innovation, the Hon. John Day, visited the MRO along with representatives from the Western Australia Museum, Western Australia Department of Commerce and Curtin University. Read more.

Renewable energy MoU signed, April 2011
An MoU has been signed to foster collaboration between the Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy, the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy and CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science. Read more.

MRO infrastructure tender awarded, March 2011
McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd. has been selected by CSIRO as the successful tender in the construction of support infrastructure at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO). Read more.

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