New Zealand and the SKA


New Zealand was a founding member of the SKA Organisation, and is currently represented on the Governing Board. The Australia – New Zealand (A-NZ) bid to host SKA infrastructure offered a ‘motivated alternative’ design, describing how SKA science outcomes could largely be achieved for a significantly lower cost than the prescribed design. It also included one or more mid-frequency array stations in New Zealand, which increased the observation baseline to over 5,000km, significantly increasing instrument resolution. Although no SKA infrastructure is planned for New Zealand under the ‘dual site solution’, New Zealand remains a member of the project and an active participant in the Pre-construction Phase.


The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) leads New Zealand’s engagement in the SKA project, in close collaboration with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) more


New Zealand has a number of science and industry organisations working at the forefront of ICT developments relevant to the SKA, particularly in the areas of signal processing, digital imaging and cyber security more


New Zealand science and industry groups have been involved in a range of radio astronomy and ICT projects that are relevant to SKA project requirements more


There will be opportunities for capable science and industry groups from New Zealand to participate in the SKA project. Current opportunities include detailed planning and design work for the Pre-construction Phase. more


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