SKA Design

SKA Global Consortia

University of Milan-Bicocca

Part of the following consortia:

Dish
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Adaptive Array Systems Limited (AASL)

Part of the following consortia:

Signal and Data Transport
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Meraka Institute, CSIR

Part of the following consortia:

Signal and Data Transport
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University of Western Australia

Part of the following consortia:

Signal and Data Transport
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National Geographic Institute of Spain

Part of the following consortia:

Dish
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STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
Science Data Processor
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Società Aerospaziale Mediterranea (SAM)

Part of the following consortia:

Dish
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SKA South Africa (Johannesburg Office)

Part of the following consortia:

Infrastructure South Africa
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GTD

Part of the following consortia:

Telescope Manager
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DANTE

Part of the following consortia:

Signal and Data Transport
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National Physical Laboratory (NPL)

Part of the following consortia:

Signal and Data Transport
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Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)

Part of the following consortia:

Signal and Data Transport
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Tsinghua University/ Peking University

Part of the following consortia:

Signal and Data Transport
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Australia Academic and Research Network (AARNet)

Part of the following consortia:

Signal and Data Transport
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Part of the following consortia:

Low-Frequency Aperture Array
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Callaghan Innovation

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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Open Parallel Ltd

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
Science Data Processor
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University of Auckland

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
Science Data Processor

Massey University

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
Science Data Processor
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AUT University

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
Science Data Processor
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IBM Zurich

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
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Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
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Reutech Radar Systems (Division of Reutech Limited)

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
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Canadian Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA)

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
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NVIDIA Corporation

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
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Adaptative Array Systems Limited

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
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University of Malta

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
Low-Frequency Aperture Array
Mid-Frequency Aperture Array
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Omnisys Instruments

Part of the following consortia:

Dish
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Canadian Astronomy Data Center

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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Swinburne University of Technology

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
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Radio Quiet Zone Solutions (RQZ)

Part of the following consortia:

Infrastructure Australia
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German Long Wavelength Consortium (GLOW)

Part of the following consortia:

Low-Frequency Aperture Array
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Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC)

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
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Selex Electronic Systems

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
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MDA Systems

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
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University of Southampton

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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University College London

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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Oxford University

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
Low-Frequency Aperture Array
Mid-Frequency Aperture Array
Science Data Processor
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University of Cambridge

Part of the following consortia:

Low-Frequency Aperture Array
Mid-Frequency Aperture Array
Science Data Processor
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University of Manchester

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
Low-Frequency Aperture Array
Mid-Frequency Aperture Array
Science Data Processor
Signal and Data Transport
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STFC Daresbury Laboratory

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) ATC

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
Telescope Manager
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Ozyegin University

Part of the following consortia:

Wideband Single Pixel Feeds
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Chalmers University / Onsala Space Observatory

Part of the following consortia:

Dish
Wideband Single Pixel Feeds
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Ingeniería de Sistemas para la Defensa de España (ISDEFE)

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
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Public University of Navarre (UPNA)

Part of the following consortia:

Dish
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University of Cantabria, Santander (Spain)

Part of the following consortia:

Dish
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Fundación Centro de Supercomputación (FCSCL)

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA)

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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University of Granada

Part of the following consortia:

Signal and Data Transport
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Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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SKA South Africa (Cape Town Office)

Part of the following consortia:

Assembly, Integration & Verification
Central Signal Processor
Dish
Mid-Frequency Aperture Array
Science Data Processor
Signal and Data Transport
Telescope Manager
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University of Évora

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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GeoSpace Sciences Research Centre (CICGE-FCUP)

Part of the following consortia:

Telescope Manager

Instituto de Telecomunicações

Part of the following consortia:

Mid-Frequency Aperture Array
Science Data Processor
Signal and Data Transport
Telescope Manager
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GreenButton

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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Compucon New Zealand

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
Science Data Processor
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Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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University of Otogo

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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Victoria University of Wellington

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE)

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
Low-Frequency Aperture Array
Mid-Frequency Aperture Array
Signal and Data Transport
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Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON)

Part of the following consortia:

Assembly, Integration & Verification
Central Signal Processor
Low-Frequency Aperture Array
Mid-Frequency Aperture Array
Science Data Processor
Signal and Data Transport
Wideband Single Pixel Feeds
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European Industrial Engineering (EIE)

Part of the following consortia:

Dish
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National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF)

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
Dish
Low-Frequency Aperture Array
Telescope Manager
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Tata Consulting Services

Part of the following consortia:

Signal and Data Transport
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Tata Research, Development and Design Centre (TRDDC)

Part of the following consortia:

Telescope Manager
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National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA)

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
Signal and Data Transport
Telescope Manager
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Vertex Antennentechnik

Part of the following consortia:

Dish

EM Software and Systems (EMSS)

Part of the following consortia:

Dish
Signal and Data Transport
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Regensburg University

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics (IAF)

Part of the following consortia:

Dish
Wideband Single Pixel Feeds
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Max Plank Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfRA)

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
Dish
Wideband Single Pixel Feeds
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University of Bordeaux

Part of the following consortia:

Dish
Mid-Frequency Aperture Array
Wideband Single Pixel Feeds
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Paris/Nançay Observatory

Part of the following consortia:

Mid-Frequency Aperture Array
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Joint Laboratory for Radio Astronomy Technology (JLRAT)

Part of the following consortia:

Dish
Wideband Single Pixel Feeds

Key Lab of Aperture Array and Space Application (KLAASA)

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
Low-Frequency Aperture Array
Mid-Frequency Aperture Array

University of Chile

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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McGill University

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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University of British Columbia

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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University of Alberta

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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University of Alberta

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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RackForce

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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Calgary Scientific Inc.

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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IBM Canada Limited

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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University of Calgary

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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National Research Council of Canada (NRC)

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
Dish
Telescope Manager
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Horizon Power

Part of the following consortia:

Infrastructure Australia
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Rider Levett Bucknall

Part of the following consortia:

Infrastructure Australia
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Aurecon

Part of the following consortia:

Infrastructure Australia
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RPC Technologies

Part of the following consortia:

Dish
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University of Melbourne

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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iVEC

Part of the following consortia:

Science Data Processor
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International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)

Part of the following consortia:

Central Signal Processor
Low-Frequency Aperture Array
Science Data Processor
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Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Part of the following consortia:

Assembly, Integration & Verification
Central Signal Processor
Dish
Infrastructure Australia
Science Data Processor
Signal and Data Transport
Telescope Manager
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The SKA design has been an ongoing process for many years, with design studies from participating institutions all feeding in to making the SKA a truly exceptional instrument. The SKA Organisation first issued a Baseline Design document in early 2013 and then a Request for Proposals in the middle of March 2013, inviting research organisations and industry to participate in the work towards a final detailed design of the SKA telescope. To learn more about the design process of the SKA, visit the design process page.

As stated at that time, the purpose of the design activities is to prepare the SKA project at element level to proceed with the construction of the first phase of the SKA telescope (SKA1). In November 2013, 10 consortia, gathering experts from all over the world were formed to cover all of the components required to make the SKA a reality. A wide range of industrial, engineering and scientific organisations from all over the world is involved, representing over 500 people in 100 organisations on 5 continents. Details of the elements the consortia work on can be found on the work packages page.

The design of the first phase of the SKA (SKA1) is now broadly set following many months of engineering work around the globe and is within the 650 million euro cost-cap set by the SKA’s Board of Directors. Following the successful completion of both this phase and the preliminary design reviews, the engineering teams around the world are now gearing up towards the final stage of the design before construction.

The list of partners is vast and can be seen all over the map above. Zoom in and click on each partner organisation to see what part or parts of the SKA jigsaw they will be working on, and find out more about each partner and their own background.

Key documents, including baseline design, level 0 and level 1 requirements as well as upcoming deliverables milestones for elements/consortia are available here.

Telescope Manager (TM) Central Signal Processor (CSP) Signal and Data Transport (SaDT) Science Data Processor (SDP) Dish (DSH)
Mid-Frequency Aperture Array (MFAA) Low-Frequency Aperture Array (LFAA) Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV) Infrastructure Australia (INFRA AU) Infrastructure Africa (INFRA SA)
Wideband Single Pixel Feeds (WBSPF)
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