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SKA’s Fanaroff to retire

Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa director Bernie Fanaroff will retire at the end of next year. Former South African Nuclear Energy Corporation CEO Rob Adam will take over as “director designate” of the project, which will

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SA astronomers in significant space find

A team of South African astronomers have discovered a triple super-massive black hole system, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in South Africa said on Wednesday. “The discovery demonstrates that South Africa has the scientific and technical expertise to be a world leader in radio astronomy,” project director

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SKA upbeat despite German withdrawal

Germany has pulled out of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation, a blow to the project that plans to build the world’s largest radio telescope. But while insiders lament Germany’s withdrawal, they do not see it as a death knell for the project. With thousands of antennae spread across South Africa and Australia

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Germany pulls out of SKA

Germany has announced it will withdraw from the Square Kilometre Array organisation (SKA) in June next year, the science & technology ministry has said. “According to the SKA website, Germany informed the SKA on Thursday about its intention to leave the organisation,” spokesman Lunga Ngqengelele said

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First MeerKAT antenna launched: pictures

Three days of rain in the Northern Cape lent a surprisingly green backdrop to Thursday’s inauguration of South Africa’s first MeerKAT antenna, one of 64 that will dot the site. The white-latticed giant stands nearly 20m above the normally arid and empty landscape, gazing at the prototype seven Karoo Array Telescope (KAT-7) dishes

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SKA puts Africa on the map: Hanekom

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope would put South Africa and the continent on the map in a different way, science & technology minister Derek Hanekom said on Wednesday. “We are seeing a mega scientific project, the biggest international scientific project,” he said in Pretoria

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SKA focus turns to rest of Africa

Africa’s challenge is to get itself into a proper state of readiness to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, science & technology minister Derek Hanekom told African heads of state on Wednesday in Pretoria. While the spotlight has been on South Africa and Australia sharing the giant telescope, which will comprise

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SKA gets R1,7bn British injection

Science & technology minister Derek Hanekom has welcomed a UK contribution of R1,7bn to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project. “The significance is in the impetus that this provides to implementation of phase one of the SKA,” Hanekom said in a statement on Tuesday. “This is a most welcome commitment

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MeerKAT rises from the desert: picture essay

The 64th and final foundation for the MeerKAT telescope antenna has been laid at the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) site outside Carnarvon in the Karoo, the SKA Organisation has announced. Almost to 5 000 cubic metres of concrete and more than 570 tons of steel were used to construct the foundations, a project

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SKA may change governance structure

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation is considering changing its governance structure to a treaty organisation because of tax. The organisation, comprising the countries that are financing the world’s biggest radio telescope, is currently a corporation

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