On Wednesday night Australia and New Zealand submitted their written proposal to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The submission of the Australian and New Zealand proposal is an important step in the international decision making process to determine the best place to site the SKA.
Australian Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr and New Zealand Economic Development Minister David Carter said hosting the SKA would put Australia and New Zealand at the forefront of international science. Senator Carr said the two countries are proud to submit a comprehensive and compelling response to the request for information by the international SKA project. “We have a remote site based in Western Australia with exceptional radio quiet characteristics and superb astronomy infrastructure.”
Australia and New Zealand’s submission is the result of a major collaborative effort between 47 agencies across the two countries. The final decision on the host site for the SKA is expected in early 2012, with the SKA expected to be operating in 2020.
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