Welcome to SKA


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.

May 2017

I recently attended the OzSKA 3 meeting in Sydney, a two-day update to Australia’s astronomical community on progress towards the SKA. I left the meeting impressed by the breadth of Australia’s SKA effort and inspired by the major scientific breakthroughs the SKA will make possible. More...



Follow the Australian SKA Office on Twitter


The Australian Square Kilometre Array Twitter page aims to provide you with the latest information on the SKA project and its Australian stakeholders. Through it you can engage with international partners, astronomers, researchers, industry members, and the general public in an online conversation about this transformational project.








News and Updates



$7.6 Million in Pre-construction Grants Awarded


The Australian Government has awarded $7.6 million to Australian organisations to support
their work to design the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The funding is being provided through the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda as part of the second round of the SKA Pre-construction Grants Program. It builds on $18.8 million provided in the first round of grants in 2013, and will allow for continued development of key components of the SKA. Once designed, construction of the SKA in Australia and South Africa is due to begin later this decade.

To learn more click here. 


ASKAP Discovers Its First Fast Radio Burst


The ASKAP radio telescope has discovered its first Fast Radio Burst (FRB) after only four days of searching. The discovery came so quickly that ASKAP near Geraldton in Western Australia, looks set to become a world leader in this area of radio astronomy. The signal named FRB170107, originated from the edge of the constellation Leo.

You can read more about the discovery here.






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