15 July 2016 Operations concept for the Square Kilometre Array
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The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is an ambitious project to build the world’s largest radio telescope, eventually reaching one square kilometre in collecting area. The first phase of the project, SKA1, will consist of two telescopes: SKA1-LOW, comprising ~131,000 dipole antennas at the Murchison Radio Observatory in Western Australia covering the range 50–350 MHz, and SKA1-MID, comprising ~200 x 15-m dishes in the Karoo desert in South Africa covering the range 0.35–13.8 GHz. SKA1 is scheduled to commence operations in 2023 and, in order to appropriately influence the design of the system, operational planning has commenced. This paper presents an overview of the operational concept for SKA1.
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Gary R. Davis, Gary R. Davis, Douglas C.-J. Bock, Douglas C.-J. Bock, Antonio Chrysostomou, Antonio Chrysostomou, Cornelius Taljaard, Cornelius Taljaard, "Operations concept for the Square Kilometre Array", Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99100H (15 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232668; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2232668

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