Australia and New Zealand SKA project
The Square Kilometre Array, or SKA, is a global next-generation radio telescope project involving institutions from over 20 countries. The SKA will be the largest and most capable radio telescope ever constructed. During its 50+ year lifetime, it will expand our understanding of the universe and drive technological development worldwide. Australia and southern Africa will each host different SKA components.
Australian SKA Project Director Update
Oct 2014: It was a pleasure to attend the 2014 SKA Engineering Conference at Fremantle from 29 Sept - 2 Oct. A great deal of progress has be made on the SKA design since last year's meeting in Manchester. The challenge remaining for the SKA Organisation will be to ensure the collected material is sufficiently complete and comprehensive to deliver a robust re-baselined design. More...
News and Updates
The preliminary design review of the low-frequency element of the SKA is now done! This was the fourth of 11 design reviews to take place, providing each consortium with feedback to help them progress to a final design for the SKA. Discover more about the SKA's design process and the consortia here.
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Thanks to its innovative Phased Array Feed (PAF) receiver technology and digital systems, the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) has won The Australian Innovation Challenge!
ASKAP is one of two SKA telescopes located at Australia's SKA site. The ASKAP team won the Manufacturing, Construction and Infrastructure award and impressed the judges enough to also take home the overall prize. Judges said the project was “one of those advances that keeps Australia on the global innovation map”.
Industry and Science Minister Ian Macfarlane labelled ASKAP as a major breakthrough in astronomical data collection and utilisation: "ASKAP delivers vastly improved survey speeds. This has the potential for downstream applications and draws keen interest from all over the world.”