About the SKA
The project organisation
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is a global science and engineering project led by the international SKA Organisation, based in the United Kingdom.
The SKA project is currently designing and constructing the Square Kilometre Array, a next-generation radio telescope.
Australia’s involvement in the SKA project is managed by the Australian SKA Office which represents the wide variety of Australian stakeholders.
Co-hosting the SKA
The SKA will be co-hosted in two locations with central array sites in Australia and South Africa. Australia will host a low frequency array at its core site in Western Australia.
The SKA will employ a range of technologies, especially designed to meet the project’s requirements and challenges. Telescope antennas are supported by a complete system of ‘behind the scenes’ technologies including supercomputers, communications technologies and electricity generation technologies.
The SKA will be used by scientists to investigate five fundamental scientific questions about the universe. The SKA’s scientific mission will expand into new and unexpected areas as mankind’s understanding of the universe deepens.