INTO THE HEAVENS Sustainable Business Magazine speaks to Dr. Rob Adam, Managing Director of the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), about international collaboration, working with local communities, and building the largest, most sensitive radio telescope in the world. SARAO forms part of South Africa’s National Research Foundation and spearheads South Africa’s activities in the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope, commonly known as SKA.
PART OF THE SKA PROJECT’S MANDATE IS TO ENSURE THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS EXTEND TO LOCAL BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA.
A MEERKAT ANTENNA, WHICH IS PART OF A 64-ANTENNA ARRAY BEING BUILT IN THE NORTHERN CAPE.
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope is an international collaboration between eleven countries to build the world’s largest radio telescope, with a square kilometre of collecting area co-located in Africa and Australia. The headquarters of the SKA is located at Jodrell Bank in Manchester, 8 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
UK. By deploying thousands of separate radio telescopes over a wide area, the SKA will be fifty times more sensitive than the Hubble Space Telescope, will generate more data every day than current global internet traffic, and will allow scientists to gaze farther into space and deeper into time than ever
before, investigating fundamental questions of modern physics and cosmology. The core African site of SKA is being established in the Karoo in the Northern Cape, far from man-made radio interference. Outstations will be located elsewhere in South Africa and in Botswana, Ghana,
Published on Dec 8, 2017