The South African SKA Project is a project of the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation and comprises Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope (SKA), the design, construction and operation of the Karoo Array Telescope (MeerKAT) and a youth into science and engineering programme focused on supporting science and engineering students and postdoctoral fellows.

The SKA will:

  • Revolutionize our understanding of the Universe
  • Be completed by 2025 with a life-span of at least 50 years
  • Be the next generation radio telescope for the global community
  • Be continually upgradeable as computer power increases
  • Use new technology antennas, signal transport, signal processing and computing in a marriage between radio frequency technology and information and communication technology.
  • Consist of an array of 3000 antennas spread over 3000 km