| The Local Infrastructure work package (LINFRA, lead: ICRAR/Curtin) of the SKA Low Frequency Aperture Array (LFAA) has been making impressive progress on several fronts. This daily image reports on the trunk fiberoptic cable installation.
As the AAVS1 system will use RF over Fibre (RFoF) technology, we need to make sure that the antennas are connected via a stable fibre link to the digitisers in the Central Processing Facility on the MRO site (which also holds the ASKAP and MWA processing racks)
As can be seen on the pictures, the route between the AAVS1 station locations and the CPF offers several challenges:
The next step will be fibre deployment. Currently we are investigating whether a commercial contractor should be entrusted with this, or whether it is feasible for the local LINFRA team to do it themselves.