NZ to play key role in SKA telescope

New Zealand research groups have been confirmed to play a critical role in the development one of the the world’s largest and most ambitious science projects – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope.

AUT University and Victoria University of Wellington will lead two work areas in the pre-construction of the SKA. These two areas are in the Central Signal Processor and the Science Data Processor work packages, working alongside other New Zealand experts.

The teams who will be responsible for for the SKA’s final design were announced earlier this month, totalling more than three hundred and fifty scientists and engineers, representing 18 nations.

Media coverage of New Zealand involvement in the SKA includes:

NewstalkZB: Building the world’s biggest radio telescope

New Zealand Herald: Kiwis on board for construction of biggest radio telescope

Radio NZ: NZ universities to work on radio telescope

NewstalkZB: Kiwi researchers to work on mega telescope