SKA science and engineering

The SKA is a mega-science project, which will push the limits of engineering and scientific endeavour over the coming decades.

arrow MeerKAT
The South African MeerKAT radio telescope, currently being built some 90 km outside the small Northern Cape town of Carnarvon, is a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope and will be integrated into the mid-frequency component of SKA Phase 1.

arrow KAT-7
The seven-dish MeerKAT precursor array, KAT-7, is the world’s first radio telescope array consisting of composite antenna structures.

arrow AVN
The AVN (African VLBI Network) is a network of VLBI-capable radio telescopes on the African continent, which will strengthen the science which the international VLBI community can do.

arrow HERA
HERA (Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array radio telescope) will attempt to answer one of the biggest scientific questions today: how did the universe come to be?

arrow C-BASS
C-BASS (C-Band All Sky Survey project) is a project to map the sky in microwave (short-wavelength radio) radiation.

arrow PAPER
The primary goal of PAPER (Precision Array for Probing the Epoch of Re-ionisation project) is to detect emission from the neutral gas that pervaded the universe before the first galaxies and black holes were formed. This ‘epoch of reionization’, as it is called, is the last frontier in observational cosmology.

arrow Intellectual Property Protection at SKA
Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions, literary and artistic works, designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.

Building the SKA will require the development of cutting edge technology and innovation, including the design of the world’s fastest supercomputers to process data at rates greater than the current global internet traffic.

The SKA will use thousands of radio antennas, with different antenna technologies. This will enable astronomers to probe the universe in unprecedented detail. The SKA will also be able to survey the entire sky much faster than any radio astronomy facility currently in existence.