SKADS: Square Kilometre Array Design Studies
European radio astronomers were the first to outline the basic
rationale for such a telescope over ten years ago. As a result of
nationally-funded work European radio astronomers and engineers are
now in a position to develop a fundamentally new design concept for
the SKA during the course of this Design Study (SKADS).
The SKADS Consortium, consisting of 29 institutes from around the
globe, was awarded funding by the European Commission
Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) to further develop and
demonstrate the Aperture Array concept suitable for the SKA, to
develop and select the enabling technologies and to arrive at a system
design for the SKA.
SKA and Europe
Although the core of the SKA will not be sited within Europe,
long-baseline stations could be sited in Europe and it is certain
that, with advances in communications technology over the next ten
years, the overall SKA will in part be controlled, and observations
collected and analysed from within Europe.