Science and Technology Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, says the completion of the Square Kilometre Array…

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Science and Technology Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, says the completion of the Square Kilometre Array…

Science and Technology Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, says the completion of the Square Kilometre Array telescope at Carnarvon in the Northern Cape remains on track for 2021. She was speaking at a media briefing in Cape Town during the annual Africa Ministerial Forum which looks at radio astronomy on the continent with eight partner countries. South Africa was selected with Australia to co-locate the world’s largest radio telescope. Kubayi-Ngubane, says they’re discussing various funding models with African member countries like Ghana, Zambia and Kenya. “The project is a long term project. Currently we are looking at 2021. We won’t be able to say how far we have gone. Obviously you can’t say you are done. Every time there are more milestones, but for now those milestones will go up to 2021.” To date the Meerkat has been completed. It consists of sixty four 13.5-metre diameter dishes, or antennas, now being tested and verified. It’s was built to help develop technology for the SKA.





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