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posted by hubie on Friday February 02, @04:50PM   Printer-friendly
from the I-see-the-light dept.

Arthur T Knackerbracket has processed the following story:

Known as SKAMPI, the [tele]'scope was designed by a team whose members hailed from ten nations and built in China. The model tested last week was assembled in 2018 in the Karoo region of South Africa, which will host some of the SKA's thousands of 'scopes.

Tests commenced in 2019, and the SKA org last week explained that technical commissioning work such as "system evaluation, radio frequency interference testing and performance testing took place until early 2022."

That effort helped the SKA team to create system design qualification documentation. SKA boffins have since worked to enable robotic operations of the instrument, and Docker-based software tools to make that possible.

"We have performed first-light observations with SKAMPI in the S-band at frequencies between 1.75 and 3.5GHz, demonstrating the telescope's spectral and pulsar capabilities with imaging of the radio emission of the Southern Sky and detection of the Vela pulsar," reported SKAMPI project scientist Hans-Rainer Klöckner of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR).

[...] While SKAMPI has been a success, much remains to be done. Work on this 'scope will inform development of the 197-dish SKA-Mid telescope – currently under construction in South Africa.

The project will also see the SKA-Low facility built in Australia, which will house 131,072 log-periodic antennas spread across 512 sites.

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  • (Score: 2) by AnonTechie on Saturday February 03, @03:46PM (1 child)

    by AnonTechie (2275) on Saturday February 03, @03:46PM (#1342969) Journal

    It is interesting to read about this project. I look forward to many more astronomical discoveries and a greater understanding of our cosmos due to such facilities. This will further advance radio astronomy and should provide complimentary data to the new large optical telescopes being installed elsewhere in the world.

    Albert Einstein - "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by corey on Monday February 05, @10:12PM

      by corey (2202) on Monday February 05, @10:12PM (#1343224)

      Fully agree. I’ve been following the SKA for years and even got in contact with someone on the other side of the country (Broome, Western Australia) about an electrical engineering job a few years back (but my wife didn’t want to move there). This project when running will be quite extraordinary, and use some really cool technology. A radio telescope with 1x1km equivalent aperture should give us some pretty cool findings.