Australian SKA Pathfinder

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) is a world-class radio telescope currently being constructed and commissioned by CSIRO in outback Western Australia. It will be one of the most powerful survey radio astronomy instruments in existence and will provide an important test-bed for the future Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

ASKAP will be made up of 36 antennas, each 12 metres in diameter, working together as a single instrument. It will be capable of high dynamic range imaging using novel wide-field-of-view phased array feeds.

AAL previously provided $14.6M of NCRIS funding to CSIRO to build ASKAP’s Digital Systems (project completed), and has since secured NCRIS funds for ASKAP early operations until mid-2017.

Key Contacts

Antony Schinckel, ASKAP Director

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CSIRO's ASKAP antennas at the MRO in Western Australia. Image Credit: Ant Schinckel, CSIRO.