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When it is complete, the MeerKAT array in South Africa’s Karoo region will include 64 antenna dishes, making it the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the southern hemisphere. As a forerunner to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), slated for completion in 2024, MeerKAT will be used by scientists worldwide on a range of research projects, including observing neutral hydrogen gas and molecular hydrogen levels in the early universe; the physics of enigmatic neutron stars; and the nature and behavior of pulsars, dark matter, and the cosmic web… (more)

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the most sensitive radio astronomy receiver ever constructed. It is therefore essential that its infrastructure and systems are kept electromagnetically “whisper-quiet”. A local company is working on ensuring that this happens… (more)

South Africa is not lagging behind when it comes to the world of supercomputing, and yet is mainly associated with the Square Kilometre Array project and the high volume of data that will need to be analysed. The Centre of High Performance Computing (CHPC), situated in Cape Town, already has an impressive track record… (more)

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) awarded to South Africa has created a renewed interest amongst radio amateurs in radio astronomy. Not long after Karl Guthe Jansky discovered radio signals from the Milky Way in 1931, radio amateurs became involved and did some major pioneering work… (more)

Documents for South Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) have been submitted to the international SKA Siting Group. The South African response to the group’s request for information issued in June 2011 covers a range of information on the physical condition of the site in the Northern Cape province that was identified to host the SKA radio telescope. The SKA will allow astronomers to see billions of years back in time with the telescopes using the science of radio interferometry, where several telescopes observe a single body and the data is combined to give a more accurate picture… (more)

The National Research Foundation has submitted the documents supporting the African bid to host the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope. This follows the initial submission of expressions of interest in 2003 and of reports in 2005, which led to South Africa and Australia being shortlisted as both being suitable for the SKA. The African SKA site bid is led by South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology and includes Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Madagascar, Zambia, Mauritius, Kenya and Ghana… (more)

“The space industry is big business.” With these words the minister of science and technology, Naledi Pandor, launched the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the country’s space strategy in December 2010… (more)

“The space industry is big business.” With these words the minister of science and technology, Naledi Pandor, launched the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the country’s space strategy… (more)

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