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18th of May 2020
ASKAP Pilot Surveys Completed
The ASKAP Pilot Survey program was designed to test strategies that have been developed by ASKAP's science teams and determine the telescope's readiness for full-scale surveys. An allocation of 100 hours observing time was made available for each team to test its own specific strategy on its preferred region of sky. The Pilot Surveys commenced last August, and the last of the observations was made late last week. With the sun now having set on the first round of pilot surveys, a consolidation period will commence where engineering development and testing will take priority over science observations. This consolidation time will also be used to catch up with data processing. A second round of pilot surveys is now being planned, designed to maximise on-sky efficiency by combining several survey modes into commensal strategies. (Image credit: Brett Hiscock)

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