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UK announcement great news for the SKA

An artists impression of the SKA dishes and ASKAP dishes at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory. Credit: SKA Organisaton.

12 March 2014

From the international SKA Office, comes news of an announcement by the UK Science Minister, David Willetts, of 100 million funding for the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

"After the International Space Station and the Large Hadron Collider the world's next great science project is the Square Kilometre Array," declared the Minister. "Investment in science is a crucial part of this government's long-term economic plan. It's about investing in our future, helping grow new industries and create more jobs and that will mean more financial security for people across the country."

According to the release, the announcement secures a significant portion of the construction budget for Phase 1.

For more information about this announcement, read the full release on the SKA website.

Just last week Minister Willets visited CSIRO's Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO), home to SKA precursors ASKAP and the MWA, and home to future key components of the SKA.

CSIRO is involved in seven of the eleven consortia currently working on R&D for the future SKA telescope, including the Dish Array, Infrastructure Australia and Assembly, Integration & Verification consortia.


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