Welcome to SKA


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.

November 2017

There’s always a great deal of activity around the international SKA Organisation Board meetings, and the recent one in Bologna, Italy, on 8-9 November was no different. The consultation process within Australia prior to a meeting of the international SKA Board generally begins with a meeting of the Science Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Australian-New Zealand SKA Coordination Committee (ANZSCC) to seek advice from the science community. More...



Follow the Australian SKA Office on Twitter


The Australian Square Kilometre Array Twitter page aims to provide you with the latest information on the SKA project and its Australian stakeholders. Through it you can engage with international partners, astronomers, researchers, industry members, and the general public in an online conversation about this transformational project.








News and Updates



First SKA dish antenna unveiled


The first fully assembled SKA dish was unveiled at a ceremony in China on 6 Feb 2018. The prototype antenna will soon be tested in South Africa where hundreds of dishes will eventually form the SKA-Mid array. The dish was developed in China as part of a consortium of international partners including institutions from Australia.

The fully assembled prototype is a major milestone for the SKA as we build towards the beginning of construction in 2019. The dish is one of two SKA antennas at the prototype testing phase, with SKA low frequency antennas currently being tested at Australia’s SKA site in Western Australia.

Find out more.


SKA at the International Astronautical Congress


The 68th International Astronautical Congress was held in Adelaide, South Australia from 25-29 September 2017. The Australian SKA Office participated in a number of activities during the week, in addition to our presence in the Australian Government exhibition booth.

To find out more and see all the photos, click here.










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