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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. 

2014 in Pictures

It was a busy year for the Australian SKA Office, organising site visits, meetings, conferences, art exhibitions, environmental surveys and a lot more.
Take a look at the SKA events that took place and the work of the Australian SKA Office in 2014. 

Australian SKA Project Director Update 

_JC_9665_3.jpgOct 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...

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ASKAP wins national innovation award

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.”

More on the award in CSIRO's news article, Minister Macfarlane's media release and The Australian Innovation Award Challenge website.

2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

Professor Brian Boyle – Australian SKA Project Director – was part of two international teams that received global recognition when they were awarded the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. This award recognizes major insights into the deepest questions of the Universe. The group was recognised for making “the most unexpected discovery, that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, rather than slowing as had been long assumed”. 

More information in Minister Macfarlane’s media release and the Breakthrough Prize website.

Up to 50 Chinese PhD students to visit ICRAR

The University of Western Australia (UWA) and the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC), have signed an agreement that will see up to 50 Chinese PhD students visit WA over the next five years.

Up to 10 Chinese PhD students will visit WA each year and work alongside top astrophysicists at the UWA node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), building skills needed for SKA, including in areas such as galaxy evolution, star formation, dark matter and more…