International Square Kilometre Array Project (SKA)

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2000-08-10 Manchester UK


10 Aug 2000, Manchester (UK), at the meeting of B-XC1382 - International Astronomical Union (IAU) where a "Memorandum of Understanding" was signed to establish International Square Kilometre Array Steering Committee (ISSC) by representatives of 11 countries (Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, UK and USA). Originated with a "Memorandum of Agreement to Cooperate in a Technology Study Program Leading to a Future Very Large Radio Telescope", signed 1997 by 8 institutions in Australia, Canada, China, India, Netherlands and USA. ISSC was superseded by SKA Science and Engineering Committee (SSEC), 1 Jan 2008. SKA Project currently led by SKA Organisation, a non-profit, founded Dec 2011. Ceased to exist, 2020, when superseded by E-XM8462 - SKA Observatory (SKAO).


Design, develop and construct a radio telescope with unprecedented sensitivity in the metre to centimetre wavelength band.


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Board of Directors; Executive Committee. Committees (3): Science and Engineering Advisory; Strategy and Business Development; Finance. SKA Communications and Outreach Network. Science Working Groups. Implementation sites at South Africa and Australia.


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