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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 SKA components.

August 2018

The Square Kilometre Array has been making headlines in the last couple of months as the project reached a number of major milestones.

The inauguration on 13 July of the 64-dish MeerKAT telescope, Africa’s first precursor to the SKA, gained significant media attention around the world. The amazingly detailed image of the centre of the Milky Way released for the launch shows the impressive science capabilities of MeerKAT and gives us just a glimpse of what will be possible with the full SKA. Read more..



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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



It has been a very busy start to 2018 for two Australia-based SKA scientists. Dr Shi Dai from CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science and Dr Jack Line from University of Melbourne were the round two recipients of the Australian SKA Fellowship. This provides an opportunity to contribute directly to the design of a global mega-science project while developing new skills, experiences and networks.
The Fellows travelled to Manchester for seven weeks to work closely with colleagues at the Square Kilometre Array Organisation (SKAO) Headquarters. Read More

MeerKAT launch offers glimpse into the heart of the Milky Way

16 July 2018
MeerKAT image of black hole at the centre of the Milky Way

SKA Australia congratulates our SKA Africa counterparts on Friday’s inauguration of the MeerKAT radio telescope by the Deputy President of South Africa, Mr David Mabuza and the Minister of Science and Technology Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, MP.

 The launch of South Africa’s 64-dish radio telescope is the latest milestone in the development of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s largest and most powerful radio telescope. Read More


First SKA-low prototype station completed on site

25 May 2018

Congratulations to the Aperture Array Verification System (AAVS1) team on their completion of the first SKA Low prototype station. With a full station of 256 low-frequency antennas deployed, this marks a crucial engineering milestone in the SKA project.

This was part of a global effort by 12 engineering consortia and involving 500 engineers and scientists from 20 countries. Nine of the consortia focussed on telescope components, each critical to the overall success of the project, while others developed advanced instrumentation for the telescope. Read More

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