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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 components of the SKA. 

 

Australian SKA Project Director Update 

July 2014: The first half of 2014 has been a productive time for Australia’s SKA preparations as we look towards an important 12 months ahead.

SKA precursor telescopes on Australia’s SKA site continue to perform well with the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) marking up its first year of full operations and the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) showing tremendous promise from early commissioning results. More...

 

Latest News

SKA Features in 2014 NAPLAN Test

Approximately 25,000 year 7 students across Australia recently learnt about the SKA when they sat the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests.

The NAPLAN test is an annual assessment for all students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 and comprises assessments in reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. NAPLAN tests skills that are developed over time through the school curriculum. This year’s reading test featured an article on the SKA project which was followed up by comprehension questions.

The SKA’s inclusion in the test has helped tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and mathematicians to learn about this ambitious project. The average year 7 student will be university aged when SKA 1 construction is completed in 2023.

Image credit: NAPLAN 

 

Latest test image confirms ASKAP will be leading survey instrument

ASKAP’s latest commissioning results confirms the effectiveness of the telescope’s novel technology, the ‘phased array feed’ receivers and third axis of rotation. Using only six of ASKAP’s 36 dishes, an image of the sky 50 times the size of the moon was able to be produced twice as fast as any comparable telescope in the southern hemisphere – and at only a fraction of the speed the full ASKAP telescope will be capable of achieving.  Read more from Minister Macfarlane’s media release and CSIRO’s news item.