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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

SKA signs cooperation agreement with Cherenkov Telescope Array

Written by Cassandra Cavallaro
SKA signs cooperation agreement with Cherenkov Telescope Array

SKA Global Headquarters, 29 January 2020 – The SKA Organisation (SKAO) will engage in closer collaboration with the Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) under a new agreement signed by the two research infrastructures. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will facilitate … Read more

SKA passes overall design review

Written by Mathieu Isidro
SKA passes overall design review

SKA Global Headquarters, Friday 19 December 2019 – An independent panel of external reviewers from major astronomy projects has given the SKA’s overall design, costing & planning the nod, clearing the way for the preparation of the SKA construction proposal. … Read more

Final SKA Engineering Design Meeting Kicks Off in Shanghai

Written by Mathieu Isidro
Final SKA Engineering Design Meeting Kicks Off in Shanghai

Shanghai, China, Monday 25 November 2019 – Around 250 engineers, scientists and industry representatives as well as government officials and members of the press from across the SKA community and beyond have gathered in Shanghai, China for the SKA‘s sixth … Read more

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