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.

The ASKAP 2016 Survey Science Conference will be held from 6-10 June 2016 in Sydney. This conference will bring together the world's best minds in astronomy, engineering and ICT to share cutting-edge results from the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope and to discuss future strategies for large astronomical survey observing and data sharing. More information and registration here.

AAL previously provided $14.6M of NCRIS funding to CSIRO to build ASKAP’s Digital Systems (project completed), and has secured CRIS and NCRIS-2013 funds to support ASKAP early operations until mid-2015.

Key Contacts

Antony Schinckel, ASKAP Director

Lewis Ball, Chief, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science

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