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3rd of April 2023
Germany announces intention to become full SKA Observatory member
It was announced last week that Germany will pursue full membership of the SKA Observatory (SKAO). The annoucement was made by German Federal Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger during a visit to the SKA-Mid telescope site in South Africa. The visit provided the opportunity for Director of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy Dr Michael Kramer and SKA-Mid Telescope Director Dr Lindsay Magnus to celebrate the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Max Planck Society and the SKAO. The German delegation also viewed the progress with the MeerKAT extension project that it sponsors. Germany is currently an observer of the SKAO Council, and during the SKAO’s pre-construction phase, Germany was involved in six of the 11 design consortia. The image above shows the German delegation with leaders from the SKAO and the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory at the SKA-Mid prototype dish. (Image credit: SARAO)

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