Date archive: 2018

SKA pathfinder Apertif officially opened in the Netherlands

Written by Cassandra Cavallaro
SKA pathfinder Apertif officially opened in the Netherlands

The Netherlands, 13 September 2018 – A major upgrade to the iconic Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WRST) has been officially opened at a ceremony in the Netherlands. The Apertif high-speed, wide-field radio camera – also known as a Phased Array … Read more

French consortium joins SKA Organisation

Written by Cassandra Cavallaro
French consortium joins SKA Organisation

SKA Global Headquarters, 26 July 2018 – A consortium of French research institutions and industry has become the 12th member of the SKA Organisation following approval of its accession by the SKA Board of Directors. The decision to accept the … Read more

SKA-Athena Synergy White Paper released

Written by Cassandra Cavallaro
SKA-Athena Synergy White Paper released

SKA Global Headquarters, 25 July 2018 – A new white paper has been published detailing synergies between the SKA and the European Space Agency’s future Athena telescope. The SKA-Athena Synergy White Paper highlights the areas of science where combining data gathered … Read more

SKA precursor telescope MeerKAT inaugurated in South Africa

Written by Cassandra Cavallaro
SKA precursor telescope MeerKAT inaugurated in South Africa

South Africa, 13 July 2018 – South Africa’s 64-dish MeerKAT telescope, one of the SKA’s precursor telescopes, was officially inaugurated by Deputy President David Mabuza at a ceremony near Carnarvon today. Built and operated by the South African Radio Astronomy … Read more

Japan’s VERA telescope granted SKA pathfinder status

Written by Cassandra Cavallaro
Japan’s VERA telescope granted SKA pathfinder status

SKA Global Headquarters, 3 July 2018 – The VLBI Exploration of Radio Astrometry (VERA) telescope, operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, has been officially designated as an SKA pathfinder. In operation since 2003, VERA uses Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) … Read more

Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day

Written by Cassandra Cavallaro
Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day

SKA Global Headquarters, Saturday 23 June 2018 – With hundreds of people across 20 countries on all five continents working on delivering the world’s largest radio telescope, the SKA family is home to many experienced and talented women who are … Read more

Spain joins the SKA Organisation

Written by Cassandra Cavallaro
Spain joins the SKA Organisation

SKA Global Headquarters, 19 June 2018 – In a unanimous decision, the Board of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation approved the application for membership submitted by the Spanish Government. This makes Spain the eleventh Member of the SKA Organisation. … Read more

SKA Treaty now open for initialling

Written by Mathieu Isidro
SKA Treaty now open for initialling

Rome, Friday 25th of May 2018 – Negotiations to agree the international treaty establishing the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Observatory have formally concluded, opening the door for founding members of the new intergovernmental organisation to sign the treaty later this year. … Read more

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