Road to MeerKAT KAT-7 DBE. Alan Langman. meerKAT. Overview. Objectives of meerKAT Location Location Location MeerKAT Engineering Specification Prototypes to MeerKAT KAT-7 Mention Control Interface Other research Questions?. KAT/MeerKAT Objectives.
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Road to MeerKATKAT-7 DBE
The SKA & KAT site
Dishes and Feeds:
80 x 12 m dishes, each equipped with a single pixel prime focus feed
Optical RF links:
80 x 2 optical links
(80 dishes, 2 polarisations)
Station Controller (Karoo)
Front end station processor
High speed, large data volume, long distance data transfer Karoo Station to off-site data processing facility.
Back end station processor
Distribution internationally, typically over TCP/IP.
Same site in the Karoo – 2009 onwards
On the proposed SKA site in Karoo – 2008 onwards
MeerKAT roll-out & commissioning
KAT-7 construction & commissioning
Current – at HartRAO
Experimental development model (XDM)
Current – at SAAO
Phased Experimental Demonstrator (PED)
11 April 2007
Drift scan across Cygnus A