Square Kilometre Array (SKA) acclaims to be the world’s largest radio telescope. It’s now one step closer to completion in the remote West Australian desert, as scientists are in the process of its completion on the build for the ambitious and prestigious project.
(CSIRO), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation is leading the Australian side of the ambitious project to build the world’s largest radio telescope built across two continents.
As per the latest technology news, the SKA will be comprised of more than 132,000 low-frequency antennas in Australia and hundreds of dishes in South Africa, building a total area of 1 square kilometre.
CSIRO says the final setup will look like metal Christmas trees.
With SKA, the data exchange is estimated to be on the scale of Petabits per second, which means an improved infrastructure and the need to control of radio emissions.
In the projected infrastructure, there will be 65,000 fiber optic cables for transferring data from antennas to supercomputing facilities of SKA.
Since the infrastructure design has been finalized in Australia and South Africa, construction on SKA is expected to begin in 2020.
Upon completion, SKA will be capable of imaging the sky at a resolution exceeding the Hubble telescope.
It will help the scientists to see how galaxies are formed after the Big Bang, detecting magnetic fields and dark energy, even searching for signals of extraterrestrial life.