SKA News & Press

SKA completes final reviews ahead of construction

Written by Mathieu Isidro
SKA completes final reviews ahead of construction

 SKA Global Headquarters, 16 September 2020 – The SKA Organisation has now successfully passed all its final reviews ahead of submitting its Construction Proposal and Observatory Establishment and Delivery Plan to the SKA Board of Directors for their meeting this … Read more

SKAO signs HPC agreement with CERN, GÉANT, PRACE

Written by Mathieu Isidro
SKAO signs HPC agreement with CERN, GÉANT, PRACE

SKA Global HQ, Wednesday 22 July – SKAO has signed a Cooperation Agreement with CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research; GÉANT, the pan-European network and services provider for research and education; and PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in … Read more

SKA statement on racism and discrimination

Written by Cassandra Cavallaro
SKA statement on racism and discrimination

The recent heart-breaking events that have resulted in the huge visibility of the global Black Lives Matter movement and which highlight the many years of systemic racism around the world, have forced us to reflect on our own environment. The … Read more

South Africa ratifies SKA Observatory Convention

Written by Cassandra Cavallaro
South Africa ratifies SKA Observatory Convention

Pretoria, South Africa, 2 June 2020 – South Africa, the future home of the SKA’s mid-frequency telescope, has ratified the Convention Establishing the SKA Observatory after the South African Parliament approved the Convention and Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of the … Read more

Public statement on the status of the SKA project

Written by Cassandra Cavallaro
Public statement on the status of the SKA project

28 April 2020 Dear friends and colleagues, I hope that all of you and your families are safe and healthy in this crisis that has gripped the world. It is heartening to see the way that our fellow citizens across … Read more

Switzerland’s EPFL joins SKA Organisation

Written by Cassandra Cavallaro
Switzerland’s EPFL joins SKA Organisation

SKA Global Headquarters, 20 April 2020 – The Swiss science and technology university École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has become the 14th member of the SKA Organisation (SKAO) following a unanimous decision by the SKA Board of Directors. EPFL … Read more

SKA partner SARAO to manage ventilator production in South Africa

Written by Mathieu Isidro
SKA partner SARAO to manage ventilator production in South Africa

Thursday 9 April 2020, Pretoria, South Africa – The South African Department of Trade, Industry and Competition has tasked the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) with managing the national effort required for the local design, development, production and procurement … Read more

SKAO Statement on COVID-19 situation

Written by Cassandra Cavallaro
SKAO Statement on COVID-19 situation

SKA Global Headquarters, Jodrell Bank, UK, 17 March 2020 – Due to the COVID-19 situation and in accordance with recent advice from the UK government, the SKA Organisation Headquarters has activated a new set of measures on 17 March until … Read more

Italy ratifies SKA Observatory Convention

Written by Cassandra Cavallaro
Italy ratifies SKA Observatory Convention

Rome, Italy, 5 February 2020 – Italy has become the second country to ratify the SKA Observatory Convention, the treaty which establishes the intergovernmental organisation that will build and operate the SKA telescopes. On Thursday 30th January, the Italian Senate … Read more

Astronomers detect distant space-time ‘dragging’ for the first time

Written by Cassandra Cavallaro
Astronomers detect distant space-time 'dragging' for the first time

An international team of astronomers including one of SKAO’s Project Scientists has for the first time detected the dragging of space-time in a distant binary star system, something previously only measured around Earth with satellite experiments.  Background Even before the … Read more

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