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SKA – Square Kilometre Array

International radio astronomy project at the planning phase. Chalmers University of Technology participates in the development of components for SKA.

Square Kilometre Array, SKA, is an international radio astronomy project, which is at the planning phase and is included in ESFRI's roadmap. It will consist of a number of linked radio telescopes in South Africa and Australia, which will be constructed in phases. The first phase, SKA-1, is expected to be completed in the mid-2020s, and will have 15–20 per cent of the final collecting area of the whole SKA. Despite its limited area, SKA-1 will have considerably improved sensitivity compared to today’s radio telescopes. In addition, SKA-1 will be able to conduct significantly faster measurements of the sky than existing radio telescopes.

SKA is currently organised as a British limited company, with twelve member countries including Sweden. An interstate organisation is expected to be formed shortly, which will construct and operate the telescope.

Read more on SKA's websiteexternal link

PubliSHED ON 18 October 2018

UpDATED ON 23 November 2018

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