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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.

July 2016

The SKA has been called the ultimate Big Data project – its antennas producing a data stream several times greater than today’s entire global internet traffic. So how do you get that volume of information all the way from Australia’s remote SKA site to the supercomputers needed to process it? More..


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Second Annual OzSKA Conference held in Perth 

Australian Astronomers met on 8 April for the second annual OzSKA meeting to discuss developments in the SKA, with a focus not only on astronomy, but also technological development and the evolution of the SKA Organisation itself. Presentations on SKA-related science were given by many prominent radio astronomers, with policy and engineering updates provided by SKA Project Director David Luchetti and CSIRO’s Deputy of Astronomy and Space Science Sarah Pearce respectively. OzSKA was established last year to foster collaboration between Australian scientists who are, or would like to be, involved in the SKA. Driving this is the aim to build a community of knowledgeable scientists ready to make use of the SKA once it is constructed, and maximise science from the telescope. Read more about the 2016 event at the ANTF and CAASTRO websites.  ​


Credit: Swinburne Astronomy Productions and
AADC Consortium

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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.


Pia Wadjarri School visit

A group of schoolchildren from the Pia Wadjarri school, located in Murchison, WA, near the site of the SKA, were in Canberra from 31 July to 6 August to celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day with local schoolchildren on 4 August. As well as taking part in the celebrations, the Pia Wadjarri students experienced the sights of Canberra, including the National Museum of Australia, the Australian War Memorial and Questacon. The visit is part of the ongoing relationship between the SKA and the Wajarri Yamatji – the traditional custodians of the SKA site. 


Pia Wadjarri students at Questacon for National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day

Third Treaty Negotiations take place in Rome

Last week from 19-21 April the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome hosted the third Treaty negotiations to facilitate the transition of the SKA Organisation into an Intergovernmental Organisation (IGO). During the three days, the delegates from the project’s respective member countries participated in important discussions concerning matters on the Financial Protocol, Privileges & Immunities, Procurement and Intellectual Property Rights and the Operations & Access models. Each of these working groups are preparing relevant documentation that will form the basis of the Treaty and ultimately the structure of the organisation that will guide the SKA into an IGO. A fourth Treaty meeting will be held from 27-29 September to finalise the negotiation process.  To read more about the negotiations visit the SKA Organisation website.

Representatives from the SKA member countries during SKA IGO negotiations at the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome



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