Pre-construction Consortia

The SKA is being designed by 11 groups from across the world. Each group, or consortium, works on a specific element of the telescope. A brief description of each consortium and Australia's involvement is provided below. For a more extensive overview, please visit the SKA Organisation's SKA Design homepage.

Consortia

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The "Telescope Manager" consortium is designing the hardware and software necessary to control the telescope and associated infrastructure. The Telescope Manager consortium is led by the Indian National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA).

For more information about the Telescope Manager consortium, please visit the Telescope Manager consortium page on the SKA Organisation homepage.

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The "Central Signal Processor" consortium is designing the hardware and software necessary for providing radio signals from space to the supercomputer. The Central Signal Processor consortium is led by the National Research Council of Canada.

For more information about the Central Signal Processor consortium, please visit the Central Signal Processor consortium page on the SKA Organisation homep​​age.

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​​The "Signal and Data Transport" consortium is designing the hardware and software necessary for transmitting data between all the parts of the SKA. The Signal and Data Transport consortium is led by the University of Manchester.

For more information about the Signal and Data Transport consortium, please visit the Signal and Data Transport consortium page on the SKA Organisation homep​​age.

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​​​The "Science Data Processor" consortium is designing the hardware and software necessary for interpreting the astronomical data from the telescope. The Science Data Processor consortium is led by the University of Cambridge.

For more information about the Science Data Processor consortium, please visit the Science Data Processor consortium page on the SKA Organisation homep​​age.

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​​The "Dish" consortium is designing the dish antennas. The Dish consortium is led by Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

For more information about the Dish consortium, please visit the Dish consortium page on the SKA Organisation homep​​age.

 
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​The "Mid-frequency Aperture Array" consortium is designing the mid-frequency antennas and telescope. The Mid-frequency Aperture Array consortium is led by ASTRON.

For more information about the Mid-frequency Aperture Array consortium, please visit the Mid-frequency Aperture Array consortium page on the SKA Organisation homepage.

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The "Low-Frequency Aperture Array" consortium is designing the low-frequency antennas and telescope. The Low-Frequency Aperture Array consortium is led by ASTRON.

For more information about the Low-Frequency Aperture Array consortium, please visit the Low-Frequency Aperture Array consortium page on the SKA Organisation homep​​age.

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​​The "Assembly Integration and Verification" consortium is preparing activities at the remote sites to incorporate existing infrastructure (such as the existing ASKAP telescope) into the newly-built SKA telescope. The Assembly Integration and Verification consortium is led by SKA Africa.

For more information about the Assembly Integration and Verification consortium, please visit the Assembly Integration and Verification consortium page on the SKA Organisation homep​​age.

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​​​The "Infrastructure Australia" consortium is designing and costing critical SKA infrastructure in Australia. The Infrastructure Australia consortium is led by CSIRO.

For more information about the Infrastructure Australia consortium, please visit the Infrastructure consortia page on the SKA Organisation homep​​age.

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​The "Infrastructure South Africa" consortium is designing and costing critical SKA infrastructure in South Africa. The Infrastructure South Africa consortium is led by SKA South Africa.

For more information about the Infrastructure South Africa consortium, please visit the Infrastructure consortia page on the SKA Organisation homep​​age.

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​ The "Wide Band Single Pixel Feeds" consortium is developing a broad spectrum single pixel feed for the SKA. The Wideband Single Pixel Feeds consortium is led by Chalmers University.

For more information about the Wideband Single Pixel Feeds consortium, please visit the Wideband Single Pixel Feeds consortium page on the SKA Organisation homepage. 

 
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