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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  

LuchettiHP.jpgAugust 2015: Australia continues to contribute strongly towards establishing a construction-ready site, an agreed telescope design and the development of an SKA Treaty between partner countries.

The pathfinder telescopes at Australia’s site have been extremely busy over recent months, featuring in the media for accomplishments including the detection of a 5 billion year-old signal, the sale of PAF receiver technology and the planned 10-fold upgrade of the MWA telescope. More...



News and Updates

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Minister Ian Macfarlane: Path to prosperity lies in big ideas

The Australian Government is boosting our nation's innovation and helping to transform great Australian ideas into great Australian products and services. This includes inventions such as the CSIRO-developed Phased Array Feed receiver - designed for the ASKAP telescope, and now being produced for overseas telescopes.

Read Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane's op-ed at The Australian


Visit to Australia's SKA site coincides with the commencement of treaty negotiations

Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Science Karen Andrews paid a visit to Australia's SKA site in July 2015, along with the WA Chief Scientist Peter Klinken, a selection of Australia’s top astronomers, government officials and media representatives. The visiting party visited the ASKAP and MWA telescopes constructed and operating at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, and toured support buildings and infrastructure.

Read the full update at SKA Australia Updates or Karen Andrews' media release, and find out more about Mrs Andrews's views on the project at the Guardian Australia



West Australian-led innovation could save SKA millions

A WA-led innovation has overcome a limitation in above-ground fibre-optic cabling, and could allow the SKA project to save millions in costs. University of Western Australia researchers Sascha Schediwy and David Gozzard, tested a new frequency synchronisation system developed at UWA in South Africa in June as part of the international Signal and Data Transport (SaDT) consortium which is in charge of developing the signal and data network for the international SKA Project. Read more at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research website


The Australian SKA Office has a new Twitter account!

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Twitter page aims to provide you with the latest updates, multimedia and communications about the SKA project and its Australian stakeholders, and the opportunity to connect international partners, astronomers, researchers, industry members and the general public in an online conversation about this transformational project.


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