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February 2015
In this issue
Dr Bernie Fanaroff: handing over the reins
The world of the SKA
KAT-7: A MeerKAT prototype
MeerKAT operational
Looking back in time
A map like nothing on earth
Big data means big opportunities for Africa
The conversion of Nkuntunse
What is a systems engineer?
Meeting of minds
The Shared Sky belongs to all
German investment for SKA
MeerKAT panels made in SA
AAS second special session
Communication for the Karoo

Foreword by Dr Bernie Fanaroff
We are rapidly moving forward with the process of building the biggest telescope in the world, located in South Africa and eight other African countries and Australia. The SKA will be the largest instrument ever built. Read on

The world of the SKA
The Square Kilometre Array is a global science and engineering project to build the world's largest radio telescope. It will take the world's finest scientists, engineers and policy makers to bring the project to fruition. Read on

KAT-7: A MeerKAT prototype
KAT-7, the seven-dish Karoo Array Telescope, primarily built as a precursor to the 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope array, has proved to be a pioneering scientific instrument in its own right. Read on

MeerKAT operational in the Karoo
MeerKAT, which will form part of the SKA, is the culmination of many years of planning, research, science, engineering and technology developed by a South African team. Read on

Looking back in time
HERA (Hydrogen Epoch of Reionisation Array) will attempt to answer one of the biggest scientific questions today: how did the universe come to be? Read on

A map like nothing on earth
Scientists from around the world have joined forces to lay the foundations for an experiment of truly astronomical proportions: putting together the biggest map of the universe ever made. Read on

Big data means big opportunities for Africa
When completed, the Square Kilometre Array will produce unprecedented amounts of data, something that represents an amazing opportunity for South Africa and the continent as a whole. Read on

The conversion of Nkuntunse takes shape
The task of converting the telecommunication station, located north of Accra, into a radio telescope is being carried out jointly by Ghana Space Science Technology Institute and the African VLBI Network, SKA South Africa. Read on

You're a systems engineer? What's that?
NASA are no strangers to complex projects designed to connect humans with space, and so their handbook on systems engineering is a good place to start to get an idea of what it's about. Read on

Meeting of minds
SKA bursary students, supervisors, administrators and invited speakers gathered in Stellenbosch for the ninth SKA SA postgraduate bursary conference to share the incredible advancements and discoveries that their work is generating. Read on

The Shared Sky belongs to all
The SKA's indigenous art exhibition Shared Sky was recently opened in South Africa at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, and will remain on display until the end of May 2015. Read on

German investment a vote of confidence for SKA
Germany's world-renowned science and technology organisation, Max Planck Society, will invest €11 million (about R150 million) in building and installing radio receivers on the MeerKAT radio telescope in the Karoo. Read on

Panels for MeerKAT now made in SA
Stratosat Datacom (Pty) Ltd, a partner of SKA SA and the Department of Science and Technology, recently celebrated the inauguration of its panel manufacturing facility. Read on

Second special session with AAS a success
Africa's initiatives in astronomy are receiving attention in the United States of America for the second year, following another successful special session at the annual winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Read on

Communication boost gets the Karoo talking
SKA SA, in partnership with Vox Telecom, is bringing the people of the Karoo closer together by introducing high-speed Internet and the ability to make voice calls using satellite. Read on