12 November 2013
Channel: AARNet Public Recordings
The SKA will be a revolutionary radio telescope made of thousands of dishes and literally millions of radio wave receptors, or antennas, linked together by high bandwidth optical fibre. The telescope will be co-located in Australia and in Africa.
The SKA is so named as it will consist of antennas that will have a collecting area of approximately one square kilometre.
The SKA is a global project, involving eleven countries from five continents, and is led by the international SKA Organisation based at Jodrell Bank Observatory near Manchester, UK.
Construction of the first phase of the SKA will begin in 2018, with work on a second phase planned to begin in the early 2020s.
The SKA Organisation’s announcement with associated quotes can be found at its website: http://www.skatelescope.org