ASKAP will provide Australian and international astronomers with a world-leading radio astronomy instrument. It will be operated by CSIRO as part of the Australia Telescope National Facility along with the 64-metre Parkes radio telescope, the Australia Telescope Compact Array near Narrabri, and the 22-metre Mopra telescope near Coonabarabran in New South Wales. ASKAP will also form part of Australia's Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) network.
In October 2009, the ASKAP User Policy was completed after extensive consultation with the general astronomy community and endorsement by CSIRO's SKA Taskforce. Read more on the ASKAP User Policy.
Technical Specifications and Sensitivities
Details of ASKAP's expected system parameters, survey speed and sensitivities can be found on the ASKAP Specifications page.
Details of the array configuration for ASKAP can be found on the ASKAP Array Configuration page.
The ASKAP Computing team is providing a series of simulated ASKAP observations for use by members of the ASKAP Science Survey Projects. These simulations provide an opportunity for science teams to become acquainted with the scale of ASKAP data, to examine the quality of the ASKAP processing pipeline, and to test post-imaging analysis techniques such as source finding and stacking.
Details of the initial simulations can be found on the ASKAP Simulations page.
CSIRO has developed two series of publications to keep telescope users and the international scientific community updated on the science goals, design and development of ASKAP:
Members of the ten ASKAP Survey Science Projects can also access a Wiki dedicated to the Survey Science Projects. A user name and password are required to access the Wiki. To obtain a user name and password contact the ASKAP Project Scientists.
For more information on ASKAP science activities contact the ASKAP Project Scientists.