Work towards the construction of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope is gaining momentum with the announcement by the SKA Organisation of contracts for the teams responsible for the design.
To recap – the SKA is an ambitious global scientific and engineering project to build the world’s largest most sensitive telescope co-located in remote desert regions of South Africa and Western Australia. When it’s operational, hundreds of thousands of antennas will hugely increase the ability of astronomers to explore the far reaches of the universe and address mysteries around dark energy, gravity and life elsewhere.
The video above produced by the Australian Government Department of Industry featured here explains the project and the role Australia plays.
You can also learn all about the SKA project at the SKA Organisation website
More than 250 scientists and engineers from 18 countries and nearly 100 institutions, universities and industry will be involved in ‘work packages’ for different elements of the design. Australian industry and research institutes will participate in seven of the eleven work packages, with AARNet working with CSIRO in Signal and Data Transport (including synchronisation) (SaDT).
The SaDT element is the backbone for the transmission of data and information between all the different elements of the SKA. You can find details and diagrams for the SaDT work package, and information about all the SKA work packages at the SKA Organisation website.
The other Australian entities that won contracts include the CSIRO, the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), Swinburne University, Aurecon Australia, Cisco Australia, RPC Technologies.
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