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Submitter: Michael Garrett
Description: Brian Boyle (Director of the ATNF) visits ASTRON today. He will give a
short astro-lunch talk, outlining progress with the Australian SKA
pathfinder, ASKAP. A lot is happening at the moment, in particular the
major contract for ASKAP antennas has been let to a Chinese
corporation (CET54) that will build thirty-six 12-metre attennas for
10 MAUD. During a recent visit, I was able to see the ASKAP prototype
"checkerboard" focal plane array system (top right), installed on the
12-metre Patriot test antenna at Parkes. First fringes were achieved
recently with the Patriot and the nearby Parkes 64-metre (bottom
right) using the FPA system as one of the receiving channels. In the
main image, Brian appears to be checking that the Patriot's tracking
is up to scratch!
Copyright: ASTRON
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