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SKA decision: official statement

The members of the SKA Organisation today agreed on a dual site solution for the Square Kilometre Array telescope, a crucial step towards building the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope. The ASKAP and MeerKAT precursor dishes will be incorporated into Phase I of the SKA which

SA, Oz to share $2bn telescope project

Australia and SA will share the location for the world’s most powerful radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array’s scientific consortium announced on Friday. “We have decided on a dual site approach,” said SKA board chairman John Womersley at a press conference held at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, following a

SA to push for SKA decision

SA will insist a decision be taken on a site for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope at the next meeting of the SKA organisation, science & technology minister Naledi Pandor said on Tuesday. “I’ll certainly protest should we not

Star wars as SA battles for SKA

The fierce battles between SA and Australia normally reserved for the rugby field and cricket pitch have spilled over into the realm of science. With the national teams resting, the media and politicians have been kicking insults across the Indian Ocean over the hosting of one of the world’s largest and most important scientific endeavours

Disappointment as SKA decision is delayed

Science & technology minister Naledi Pandor is disappointed at the delay of the announcement of whether SA would host the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), she said on Wednesday. “I am disappointed at the delay. I hope that the SKA Organisation will make a decision in the first

IBM lands $42m SKA tender

Some of the biggest computers you’ll ever see are going to help decipher data from the world’s largest telescope as it explores the origins of the universe. IBM has announced it has won a US$42m contract to work with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (Astron) to research the “exascale” computer systems that are needed for

SKA: ‘Africa is ready’

Signs are good that SA will defeat Australia in the bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project. This comes after Australia lodged five complaints with the SKA Organisation — a body comprising the member countries of the project — and the Australian press reported the findings of a confidential report

Debate over SKA site still raging

An international consortium planning to build the world’s most powerful radio telescope is still debating whether SA or Australia should host the US$2bn project, an official said Friday. Scientists hope the Square Kilometre Array, or SKA, will shed new light

SKA partners with IBM to explore space

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project in SA plans to work with IBM to develop a “big data” analytics platform with self-tuning and self-learning capabilities to analyse large volumes of radio astronomy data. The proposed software may

Budget boost for SKA bid

With the announcement about whether SA or Australia will host the core site of the giant Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope expected on 4 April, the likelihood of the project coming to SA has received a boost from finance minister Pravin Gordhan, who says the project will qualify for “VAT relief”

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