All essential infrastructure designs required for the first phase of the world’s most powerful radio telescope – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – have been completed.
The SKA is a collection of thousands of antennas spread over 3 000km which will work together as one gigantic, virtual instrument creating a radio telescope at least 50 times more powerful and 10 000 times faster than any other radio telescope currently in existence.
For the last five years, engineers have been hard at work at their sites in Murchison, Western Australia and the Northern Cape designing all the essential infrastructure required for construction of this complex global project.
Following the successful review of the key infrastructure components, the project will now move on to the bridging phase, which will bring together all the individual detailed designs of elements of the SKA and integrate them on a system level.
A system critical design review will be conducted in December after which the project will enter the procurement phase, followed by construction once the establishment of the SKAO as an intergovernmental organisation has been concluded.
Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has welcomed the progress made by the teams.
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Image source: South African Radio Astronomy Observatory