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Operations concept for the Square Kilometre Array
Author(s): Gary R. Davis; Douglas C.-J. Bock; Antonio Chrysostomou; Cornelius Taljaard
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Paper Abstract

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is an ambitious project to build the world’s largest radio telescope, eventually reaching one square kilometre in collecting area. The first phase of the project, SKA1, will consist of two telescopes: SKA1-LOW, comprising ~131,000 dipole antennas at the Murchison Radio Observatory in Western Australia covering the range 50–350 MHz, and SKA1-MID, comprising ~200 x 15-m dishes in the Karoo desert in South Africa covering the range 0.35–13.8 GHz. SKA1 is scheduled to commence operations in 2023 and, in order to appropriately influence the design of the system, operational planning has commenced. This paper presents an overview of the operational concept for SKA1.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99100H (15 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232668
Show Author Affiliations
Gary R. Davis, SKA Organisation (United Kingdom)
Douglas C.-J. Bock, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Australia)
Antonio Chrysostomou, SKA Organisation (United Kingdom)
Cornelius Taljaard, SKA Organisation (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9910:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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