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article imageConceptual design milestone for SKA

By Lee Labuschagne     Mar 10, 2011 in Science
Manchester - The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope has successfully passed the System Engineering Conceptual Design Review, an important milestone for this huge international project.
The review (System delta CoDR) was held at the University of Manchester by a panel of international experts in the field of system engineering, radio astronomy, particle physics, large international project collaborations, and consumer electronics and semiconductors.
The panel congratulated the SPDO (SKA Program Development Office) and the contributing organisations on the professionalism of the system engineering approach. A system as large and complex as the SKA is comprised of millions of parts, each of which must be fit for purpose and value for money. The review panel examined the system level technical progress, the focus and feasibility of the project and the maturity level of the project given the phase it is in.
Major decisions lie ahead for the SKA project with important announcements regarding funding, the governance structure and the location of the SPO (SKA Project Office) to be made at the beginning of April this year.
The SKA will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope ever built and will be situated either in South Africa or Australia. The decision about the location of the telescope is expected to be made in 2012.
More information about the SKA
* A fact sheet is available here
* Read the newsletters of the SKA teams in South Africa here and Ausatralia here.
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