ASKAP Timeline

Antennas that make up CSIRO's ASKAP radio telescope, June 2012; nine of ASKAP's 36 antennas can be seen in this picture. Credit: Ross Forsyth, CSIRO.


ASKAP, CSIRO's new radio telescope, is located at Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara, the CSIRO Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in the Mid West region of Western Australia. The table below outlines the key stages of construction of the telescope and its supporting infrastructure.



Activity Date
Parkes Test-bed commissioned June 2008
Construction of all 36 ASKAP antennas complete June 2012
Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) support infrastructure complete July 2012
Start of system verification testing
  • Includes demonstration of signal processing (early ASKAP commissioning)
August 2012
MRO Support Facility complete
  • 820 sq metre facility based in Geraldton for ASKAP support staff
February 2013
ASKAP BETA (Boolardy Engineering Test Array) July 2013
ASKAP 12 PAF stage
  • Complete 36 antenna array
  • A minimum of 12 antennas equipped with PAF receivers, 6 of which are new generation Mark II PAFs
  • Meaningful astronomical science is possible at this stage
March 2014
Continued PAF roll-out
  • ASKAP fitted with an additional 6 Mark II PAFs bringing the total number of antennas with PAFs to 18
  • ASKAP becomes a genuinely powerful telescope in its own right, facilitating world-class astronomical research
ASKAP "Early Science" commences
  • Starting with 12, and progressively more, antennas, and an observing bandwidth of 48 MHz
October 2016
36th Mk II PAF installed
  • Installation of all hardware for all antennas follows the following year
November 2017
RACS-I observing begins
  • Rapid ASKAP Continuum Survey (RACS) first low-band (888 MHz) survey
  • $70m funding upgrade for Pawsey announced the same month
April 2019
Pilot Surveys Phase I observations begin August 2019
Pilot Surveys Phase II observations begin July 2021
Full Surveys commence with one-month trial November 2022

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