|Submitter:||Jan Geralt Bij de Vaate|
|Description:|| On Thursday 7th November 2013 the Aperture Array Design and Construction Consortium (AADC) conducted it's kick-off. This marked the start of a three year pre-construction phase leading up to the Critical Design Review for SKA1 in 2016.|
AADC deals with the specification, design and verification of the Low Frequency Aperture Array (LFAA) component of the SKA1-low telescope. And is one of the 10 consortia working on SKA design. AADC concentrates on the antenna array, receivers and the station beam forming.
Main partners in the consortium are: ASTRON (lead), University of Cambridge, ICRAR, INAF, University of Oxford and KLAASA (China). Further contributions are expected from Jive, GLOW and University of Malta.
The AADC consortium will follow an "AA tradition", the all-hands in December: this year in Dwingeloo, 3-5th December. For information visit the meeting website: www.astron.nl/aadc2013.