Thursday 24 March 2016, SKA Headquarters, UK – A German industrial delegation visited the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Headquarters today and was received by Prof. Philip Diamond, Director-General of the SKA and other SKA Organisation Senior Managers. The visit was led by Dr. Philipp Lengsfeld, Member of the German Parliament and comes soon after the German astronomical community submitted a proposal to the government to fund full German participation in the SKA.
“It’s a real pleasure to be here today at the headquarters of this groundbreaking international science project to discuss Germany’s role with Prof. Diamond and his team,” said Dr. Lengsfeld “I am confident that together we can ensure our continued participation.”
“We’re pleased to receive Dr. Lengsfeld and members of the German industry community here at the SKA Headquarters. I’m glad to see such high-level interest in examining ways of resuming German formal involvement in the project, which would indeed benefit their highly skilled industry,“ said Prof. Diamond.
The visit included members from German industry currently involved in SKA design activities, including representatives from MT Mechatronics, Stratosat Datacom, Coriant, Schauenburg International and Vertex Antennentechnik GmbH, as well as a representative from the Max Planck Institute for Radio-astronomy, the scientific body leading German efforts involved in the SKA project.
The meeting is part of ongoing efforts in Germany by the scientific community and industry to ensure the country’s continued participation in the SKA project.