Over 300 engineers and scientists from 17 countries participate in the 2017 SKA Engineering Meeting, which takes place from 12 – 16 June in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This year’s meeting is organised by the SKA organisation in collaboration with ASTRON.

Published by the editorial team, 12 June 2017

The meeting will provide a global overview of the status, progress and way forward for the SKA project in terms of science, governance, engineering and management. Part of the meeting will be devoted to updates from the 12 international engineering consortia.

On Monday 12 June, Prof. Carole Jackson, Director-General of ASTRON, welcomed the participants to the Netherlands and Rotterdam: “We’re extremely pleased to welcome the SKA engineering community in the Netherlands and Rotterdam. The Netherlands has been involved in the SKA for many years and has a strong history of expertise in radio astronomy, making it a natural host for the meeting.”

On Sunday 11 June, ASTRON organised a visit to ASTRON and the LOFAR and WSRT facilities for engineers attending the meeting.


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On June 13-17, the LOFAR Family Meeting took place in Cologne. After two years LOFAR researchers could finally meet in person again. The meeting brings together LOFAR users and researchers to share new scientific results.

Our renewed ‘Melkwegpad’ (Milky Way Path) is finished! The new signs have texts in Dutch on the one side and in English on the other side. The signs concerning planets have a small, 3D printed model of that planet in their centre.
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The background drawing shows how the subband correlator calculates the array correlation matrix. In the upper left the 4 UniBoard2s we used. The two ACM plots in the picture show that the phase differences of the visibilities vary from 0 to 360 degrees.

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One of the key specifications of LOFAR2.0 is measuring using the low- and the highband antenna at the same time. For this measurement we used 9 lowband antenna and 3 HBA tiles.