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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.

March 2016

n Monday 7 December the Australian Government announced the National Innovation and Science Agenda, which included funding to the tune of $293.7 million over 10 years to meet Australia’s initial commitment to the SKA. Although the funds are contingent on the successful outcome of ongoing international treaty negotiations, this announcement is a clear signal of the Australian Government’s commitment to the project.The funding will cover Australia’s site preparation, construction and initial operations commitments for SKA Phase 1.  More..


News and Updates

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SKA Identified as Landmark Project by the European Commission

The SKA has been identified as a Landmark Project by the European Commission in its recently published research infrastructure Roadmap 2016, as part of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). ESFRI identifies research facilities of pan-European importance that are necessary to strengthen scientific excellence and competitiveness in the EU.

“Our status as an ESFRI Landmark Project recognises the SKA as a major research infrastructure for Europe. Delivering the world’s largest radio telescope requires international collaboration at European and indeed global level, and we look forward to further European participation in the SKA.” said Prof. Philip Diamond, SKA Organisation Director-General. Read more about the announcement at the SKA website.


Perth’s annual astronomy festival, Astrofest, was held on 12 March and a strong crowd of over 5,000 people attended to celebrate everything space and astronomy. The public was delighted by views of the night sky, interesting talks and interactive astronomy displays. The SKA was featured heavily at the event with both precursors, the MWA and CSIRO’s ASKAP, having their own displays. Read more about the event 
at the ICRAR website.







On Monday 7 December 2015, the Australian Government took an important step towards hosting the SKA when the Prime Minister announced a provisional funding allocation for the project as part of its National Innovation and Science Agenda. As part of the announcement, $293.7 million over 10 years was set aside to meet Australia’s initial commitment to the SKA. More...


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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