Officials from the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope and the aviation sector are currently engaging to discuss the possible impact of the project’s development on national flights in the area.
It was reported that one of the possible outcomes could see flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town diverted, leading to longer travel times.
However, Dr Adrian Tiplady, head of strategy and business processes at the SKA said that this is not necessarily the case.
Tiplady said that separate from the regulations introduced by the Department of Science and Technology to prevent outside interference from impacting its activities, the SKA has been engaging directly with the aviation sector and with both the Department of Transport, and the Department of Science and Technology.
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