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Square Kilometre Array Design Studies

Objective

European Radio Astronomers are developing the most versatile, flexible and technologically most advanced concept toward the Square Kilometre Array ("SKA"). Using phased arrays, it allows multiple fields of view in a stand-alone observing instrument or, in its technology scope, is the enabling technology for all other realisations. During this four-year Square Kilometre Array Design Study ("SKADS") the partners will develop a full understanding of all aspects of the array concept relevant to the implementation of the SKA and demonstrate the array's candidacy as a SKA pathfinder within the international SKA planning and budgetary process. Preparing for SKA's next phase, SKADS strengthens the technology basis and the organizational framework of the European SKA Community, involving industry in several key areas and establishes a key role for European radio-astronomy and technology on a global scale. Feasibility Studies within SKADS involve science, technological and architectural aspects on system level through a number of Tasks and Technical Preparatory Work as Tasks for key technology R&D on "tile level" and for performance Demonstrators. The Feasibility Studies map astronomical objectives and requirements onto the system implementation e.g. through simulations, the network design and its infrastructure. The Preparatory Work concerns the technological maturity, technology selection, cost and other relevant considerations as well as proof-of-concept demonstrators and the development of superior subsystems. Together, these tasks constitute a coherent framework allowing critical assessments as input to the final Tasks of SKADS, the Overall Design and the Preliminary SKA Plan. In concluding SKADS, the R&D readiness is addressed, the feasibility of aperture arrays as enabling instrumental approach for future astronomy in the radio band and the feasibility within the planning, siting and costing framework of the international SKA project.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-INFRASTRUCTURES-4
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Coordinator

NETHERLANDS FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH IN ASTRONOMY
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Oude Hoogeveensedijk 4
P.O. Box 2 Dwingeloo
Netherlands

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Participants (27)

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
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30-36 Newport Road
Cardiff

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
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3 Rue Michel Ange
Paris

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CHALMERS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Sweden
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Onsala Space Observatory
Gothenburg

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CSIRO - AUSTRALIA TELESCOPE NATIONAL FACILITY
Australia
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Cnr Vimiera And Pembroke Roads
Epping

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FUNDACION GENERAL DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE ALCALA
Spain
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Calle Imagen, 1-3
Alcala De Henares (Madrid)

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INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TÈCNICO
Portugal
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Av. Roviso Pais 1
Lisbon 1049-001

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ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Italy
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Viale Del Parco Mellini, 84
Roma

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JOINT INSTITUTE FOR VLBI IN EUROPE
Netherlands
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Oude Hoogeveensedijk 4
Dwingeloo

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MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FUR RADIOASTRONOMIE
Germany
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Auf Dem Hügel 69
Bonn

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NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA
Canada
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717 White Lake Road
Penticton, British Columbia

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NATIONAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION
South Africa
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Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria
Pretoria

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NICOLAUS COPERNICUS UNIVERSITY
Poland
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Gagarina 11
Torun

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OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS
France
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61 Avenue De L'observatoire'
Paris

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OMMIC SAS
France
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22 Avenue Descartes
Limeil-brevannes

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PUSHCHINO RADIO ASTRONOMY OBSERVATORY OF THE P.N. LEBEDEV PHYSICAL INSTITUTE OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Russia
Address
Fian
Pushchino

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RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
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Broerstraat 5
Groningen

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SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Australia
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Cnr Burwood Road And Serpells Lane
Hawthorn, Victoria

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THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
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The Old Schools Trinity Lane
Cambridge

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THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
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University Offices, Wellington Square
Oxford

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THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Australia
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North Terrace
Adelaide

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THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
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Oxford Road
Manchester

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THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Australia
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School Of Physics
University Of Sydney, Sydney

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UNIVERSIDAD DE VALENCIA ESTUDI GENERAL
Spain
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Avda. Blasco Ibanez 13
Valencia

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UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN - STERREWACHT LEIDEN
Netherlands
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Niels Bohrweg 2
Leiden

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UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
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University Avenue
Glasgow

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UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
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Woodhouse Lane
Leeds

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UNIVERSITÉ D'ORLEANS
France
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Avenue Du Parc Floral
Orleans

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