The Square Kilometer Array and HartRAO

The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) is the proposed next generation global radio telescope. Several countries are bidding to host the core site. Major technology development is also required to permit its objectives to be achieved. Estimated cost is one billion US dollars. Site testing and qualification is underway and technology demonstrators are being designed and built by several consortiums.


HartRAO staff are part of the team developing the South African bid to host the SKA in Africa, with the core site located in the semi-desert area of the North Western Cape Province. Three core site locations identified for further study are shown in the map above.

Produced by Mike Gaylard, HartRAO, last revised 2004/10/20
since 2003/12/10