|The Australia Telescope National Facility Colloquium|
|17:30-18:30 Tue 20 May 2003|
Slade Lecture Theatre, School of Physics, University of Sydney
Prof. Richard Schilizzi
(International Project Director of the Square Kilometre Array)
The SKA - The International Perspective - Prof. Richard Schilizzi Colloquium
The SKA is the next generation radio telescope, and will have a collecting area of one square kilometre. From the start, the SKA has been conceived as a global endeavour with Australia playing a leading role. A meeting in Sydney in 1997 signalled the start of a concentrated effort to develop SKA technology. On the organisational side, astronomical institutes in 11 countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2000 to establish an International SKA Steering Committee (ISSC) and carry out cooperative technology development for the SKA. The ISSC coordinates the technical studies and site testing activities around the world, and has initiated preparation of a detailed science case and end-to-end simulations of the performance of the array.
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