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Square Kilometre Array: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:34 am
In an important milestone for the Square Kilometre Array project, Ghana has successfully converted a redundant telecommunications antenna into a functioning radio telescope. The 32m converted telecommunications antenna at the Ghana Intelsat Satellite Earth Station at Kutunse is now operational as a very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) radio telescope, forming part of plans for the Square Kilometre Array.
Dana Sanchez, 1:40 pm
Eight other countries in Africa besides SA will have radio telescopes contributing to the Square Kilometre Array network. The SKA will outperform the most advanced modern instruments in exploring exploding stars, black holes, dark energy and traces of the universe’s origins 14 billion years back. It’s the first time African countries are hosting global science infrastructure of this scope. South Africa will become home to the most powerful instrument ever used in radio astronomy when SKA is fully operational.
Dana Sanchez, 10:18 am
The Square Kilometre Array will be a groundbreaking, continent-wide telescope with the processing power of about 100 million personal computers. It’s expected to test Einstein’s theory of gravity and stimulate interest in citizen astronomy across Africa, which has a rich tradition of watching the night skies. You don’t need a doctorate to count stars in constellations to determine light pollution. Volunteers can identify and track solar storms.
Staff, 2:00 am
One of the challenges facing the Square Kilometer Array telescope is how to manage the huge volume of data it is expected to generate — about 10 times the data generated by global Internet traffic. Cisco’s involvement is expected to help the SKA South Africa office figure out how to manage the data collected by the instrument. Cisco will also play a role in providing broadband solutions to South Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 9:39 am
South African Mandla Maseko is one 23 young people who beat out a million other applicants to win a space competition. The prize: to be blasted 62 miles into orbit in 2015. “I’ll be the first black South African and the first black African to go into space,” he said.
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