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LFAA AAVS1 Detailed Design Review

Submitter: Pieter Benthem
Description: During a two day meeting on week 42, we enjoyed the Detailed Design Review (DDR) for the ApertureArray Verification System 1 (AAVS1) for the Low Frequency Aperture Array (LFAA) Element Phase 1 of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

The purpose of this DDR is to review the AAVS1 design to ensure that the planned approach will produce an AAVS1 system that is representative of the performance of LFAA in SKA1 and be able to verify an identified list of LFAA requirements.

The main items to be reviewed by the international panel are:
- Proposed design of AAVS1
- Capability of the AAVS1 design to be compliant with the applicable specifications
- Development work and results to date
- Costing overview for AAVS1
- Schedule
- Risk register, top level

After a very fruitful meeting, the panel concluded that: AAVS1 is a good platform to test maturity for the LFAA CDR.

Obviously the panel also provided us with useful recommendations, such as prioritizing outcomes and focus on the schedule. Besides this the panel encouraged us to use nearby (Europe) test-facilities, as we currently do.
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