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
November 2013: It is wonderful to see leading Australian research organisations and businesses selected to undertake research and development for the design of the SKA. Australian organisations will play a prominent role in seven of the 11 international consortia chosen by the global Square Kilometre Array Organisation to undertake R&D work packages in the telescope's Pre-construction Phase.
Australian involvement in the telescope’s design phase was supported by almost $19 million in Australian Government funding with a further $17.5 million in co-investment from the organisations themselves. Successful Australian organisations include science organisations like CSIRO, the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) and Swinburne University; and high-tech businesses such as Aurecon Australia Pty Ltd, Cisco Systems Australia Pty Ltd, RPC Technologies Pty Ltd and AARNet Pty Ltd. Congratulations to all involved.