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Western Australian State Government Invests $26M In Astronomy And The Square Kilometre Array
2013-08-16 17:13:42

ICRAR The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), based in Perth, Western Australia has been extended for another five years thanks to a $26M investment announced by WA Premier Colin Barnett today. The $26M from the Western Australian State Government will allow ICRAR’s local activities in science and with industry to continue, but will also expand the high tech and scientific capabilities of the State. A joint venture between Curtin University and The University of...

SKA Project Visited By President Zuma To Celebrate An African Science Success Story
2012-10-09 17:39:40

South Africa's President joined dignitaries, scientists, a large media contingent and members of the local community in the small town of Carnarvon today to celebrate South Africa's successful bid to build the world's largest scientific instrument — the Square Kilometre Array — in Africa. President Jacob Zuma touched down by helicopter at the telescope site about 100 km from Carnarvon where the first seven telescope dishes are already operational. The newly appointed Minister...

Giant Radio Telescope Gets Two Different Locations
2012-05-26 04:31:25

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Australia and South Africa will host a giant radio telescope made up of thousands of separate dishes, which will help scientists gain a better understanding of our universe. South Africa and Australia both battled for bidding for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope project, but South Africa came away with a victory by capturing two parts of the three-part project. "We may feel slightly disappointed that we didn't get the whole thing. But I think...

2011-05-17 00:00:28

Retail Technology Expertsâ“ž¢ (RTE) today announced that they have taken over the Microsoft Dynamics RMS and POS 2009 accounts from Netsys POS Effective May 9th, 2011. Miramar, FL (PRWEB) May 15, 2011 Retail Technology Expertsâ“ž¢ (RTE) today announced that they have taken over the Microsoft Dynamics RMS and POS 2009 accounts from Netsys POS Effective May 9th, 2011. "After doing my due diligence and searching for a suitable partner I...

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2010-05-12 10:40:04

The SKA Program Development Office (SPDO) announced on May 11 the appointment of Mr Kobus Cloete to the role of Project Manager and Dr Minh Huynh to the role of Deputy International SKA Project Scientist. The appointments are made at a crucial stage in the finalization of the design for the world's largest radio telescope. Kobus will lead the growing international SKA development team and coordinate work on the technical design of the telescope. He gained extensive experience working in the...

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2010-03-30 06:55:00

On March 30 and 31 a strategic international workshop on the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) will seek to identify the major economical and societal benefits of large-scale scientific research infrastructure investments. The SKA is a USD 1 billion+ international project to create a radio telescope incorporating a receiving surface of a million square meters, fifty times larger than the biggest receiving surface now in existence. This huge surface will be composed of many small antennas, divided...

2009-09-17 11:40:00

PERTH, Australia, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it will partner with Western Australia's International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) on the technology needed to manage the vast amounts of data produced by the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope project. When constructed, the SKA telescope will be one of the world's largest scientific instruments. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO ) This extremely powerful...

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2009-08-21 10:45:00

New Zealand and Australia have joined each other in a bid for a massive radio telescope. Both countries announced a bid of 2.5 billion dollars (2.1 billion US) for the international Square Kilometer Array (SKA) telescope. "Signing the arrangement sends a strong signal to the international community that both countries are committed to supporting SKA-related industry opportunities and promoting the relevant capabilities of Australian and New Zealand industry," New Zealand's Economic...

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2006-09-26 12:25:00

Australia and Southern Africa have been short-listed as the countries to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a giant next-generation radio telescope being developed by scientists in 17 countries. The decision was made by the International SKA Steering Committee, following advice from an external committee of 7 scientists from 5 countries that examined the four site bids.  "Both Australia and Southern Africa can meet the full range of requirements for the SKA," said Prof. Richard...


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