Tests on new ASKAP PAF impressive
The first results from ground-based system tests on the full-size second generation (Mk II) phased array feed receiver have indicated impressive system temperature across the ASKAP band.
The preliminary ‘ground-based’ aperture array tests were performed with the new Mk II prototype PAF receiver, and associated digital receivers and beamformers, on site at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in Western Australia. For more information go to http://www.atnf.csiro.au/projects/askap/news_ade_18082014.html
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SKA Features in 2014 NAPLAN Test
Approximately 25,000 year 7 students across Australia recently learnt about the SKA when they sat the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests.
The NAPLAN test is an annual assessment for all students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 and comprises assessments in reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. NAPLAN tests skills that are developed over time through the school curriculum. This year’s reading test featured an article on the SKA project which was followed up by comprehension questions.
The SKA’s inclusion in the test has helped tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and mathematicians to learn about this ambitious project. The average year 7 student will be university aged when SKA 1 construction is completed in 2023.
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