terena networking conference 2010


The SKA Journey

Australia, is one of two regions shortlisted to site the SKA; southern Africa being the other. The Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) is a new radio telescope, to be designed and built by CSIRO, being a world-leading telescope in its own right. The ASKAP radio telescope project requires high-capacity optical-fibre transmission from the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO). As the MRO is Australia's candidate site for the SKA, the plan is to have sufficient fibre installed to meet the estimated needs of the SKA. AARNet has been engaged to conduct a design study for the project. In the session Chris Hancock, the CEO of AARNet will lead delegates through the design, implementation and challenges of the most significant infrastructure project and contribution to science of the coming decades.