SKA acronyms

Acronyms commonly used by the SKA community.


AIV – Assembly, Integration and Verification

APERTIF – The focal-plane array system for the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope

ASKAP – Australian SKA Pathfinder

ASTRON – Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy

ATA – Allen Telescope Array

ATCA – Australian Telescope Compact Array

AVN – African VLBI Network


CERN – European Organization for Nuclear Research

CET54 – Radio Telescope Developed in China

CIRA – Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy

CITA – Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics

CMB – Cosmic Microwave Background

CNRS – Nancay Radio Telescope (France)

CNR-IEIIT – Consignio Nazionale della Richerche – Institute of Electronics, Computer and Telecommunication Engineering

CSIRO – Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

CSP – Central Signal Processor


DSH – Dish

DST – Department of Science and Technology (South Africa)


EOI – Expression of Interest

ESO – European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere

EVLA – Extended Very Large Array


FAST – The Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope

FOV – Field of View


GLOW – German Long Wavelengths Consortium


H1 – Hydrogen 1 (Neutral Hydrogen Line)

HERA – Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array radio telescope

HST – Hubble Space Telescope


I&AP – Interested and affected parties

ICRAR – International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research

IP – Intellectual Property

INAF – Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica

IRCOM – Institute de de Recherche en Communications Optiques et Microondes

IVEC – The government-supported high-performance computing centre of Western Australia


JIVE – Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe

JVLA – Jansky Very Large Array


KAT-7 – The seven-dish MeerKAT precursor array


LAP – Land Acquisitions Process

LFAA – Low-Frequency Aperture Array

LNA – Low Noise Amplifier

LOFAR – Low Frequency Array

LWA – Long Wavelength Array


MeerKAT – South African MeerKAT radio telescope

MFAA – Mid-Frequency Aperture Array

MWA – Murchison Widefield Array


NAO – National Astronomical Observatory

NCRA – National Centre for Radio Astrophysics

NRAO – National Radio Astronomy Observatory

NRC – National Research Council (Canada)

NRF – National Research Foundation (South Africa)


PAF – Phased Array Feed

PAPER – Precision Array for Probing the Epoch of Re-ionisation project

PaST – Primeval Structure Telescope


RFP – Request for Proposals


SaDT – Signal and Data Transport

SDP- Science Data Processor

SEA – Strategic Environmental Assessment

SETI – Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence

SKA – Square Kilometre Array

SKACOWG – SKA Communications and Outreach Working Group

SKAMP – SKA Molonglo Prototype

SKAO – Square Kilometre Array Organisation

STFC – Science and Technology Facilities Couoncil

SWG – Science Working Group


TM – Telescope Manager

TRDDC – Tata Research Development and Design Centre


UCL – University College London


VLA – Very Large Array

VLBI – Very Long Baseline Interferometry


WBSPF – Wideband Single Pixel Feeds

WSRT – Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope

Last Updated on July 14, 2017

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