Participants in the first meeting between CSIRO and members of the ASKAP Survey Science Project Teams held on 21 October 2009. Credit: Gabby Russell, CSIRO.

ASKAP provides Australian and international astronomers with a world-leading radio astronomy instrument. It is operated by CSIRO as part of the Australia Telescope National Facility along with Murriyang, 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 may also form part of Australia's Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) network in the future.

For all current and up to date information, visit the ASKAP Confluence page.

User Policy

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:

  • The ASKAP Memo Series is a collection of documents that outline the development of science case proposals for ASKAP.
  • The ASKAP Commissioning Update is a regular publication dedicated to conveying the latest news about ASKAP.

Further Information


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