Australia embarks on SKA telescope treaty negotiations

Four people looking at the camera in front of several dish-like antennas in an Australian outback setting

(L-R): Carole Jackson (Curtin University),
The Hon Karen Andrews, Lewis Ball (CSIRO)
and Jill Rathborne (CSIRO) at the MRO. 
Click to enlarge. Credit: SKA Australia.

16 July 2015

Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Science Karen Andrews paid a visit to CSIRO's Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) this week, along with the Western Australia Chief Scientist Peter Klinken.

The group took a tour of CSIRO's ASKAP project and the international MWA telescope (led by Curtin University), as well as the support buildings and infrastructure on site at the MRO.

The visited coincided with an announcement by the Hon Karen Andrews, regarding a new step towards realising Australia’s ambition to host next-generation radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). According to the announcement, recent pre-negotiation meetings in Brussels have cleared the way for treaty negotiations to begin.

Treaty negotiations come as SKA preparations progress in Australia. The international SKA project is an effort build the world's largest and most sensitive radio telescope. The SKA will be co-hosted at sites in Australia and South Africa and will revolutionise our understanding the Universe.

For more information, please see the media release from Parliamentary Secretary Karen Andrews, or take a look a the SKA Australia website.

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