SARAO Science

The SKA is a mega-science project, which will push the limits of engineering and scientific endeavour over the coming decades.

arrow MeerKAT
The South African MeerKAT radio telescope, situated 90 km outside the small Northern Cape town of Carnarvon, is a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope and will be integrated into the mid-frequency component of SKA Phase 1.

arrow KAT-7
The seven-dish MeerKAT precursor array, KAT-7, is the world’s first radio telescope array consisting of composite antenna structures.

arrow HERA
HERA (Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array radio telescope) will attempt to answer one of the biggest scientific questions today: how did the universe come to be?

arrow C-BASS
C-BASS (C-Band All Sky Survey project) is a project to map the sky in microwave (short-wavelength radio) radiation.

arrow SARAO Users Committee
The SARAO Users Committee is established in order to advise the SARAO Managing Director and staff on all aspects of SARAO activities that affect the users and potential users of its facilities.

Building the SKA will require the development of cutting edge technology and innovation, including the design of the world’s fastest supercomputers to process data at rates greater than the current global internet traffic.

The SKA will use thousands of radio antennas, with different antenna technologies. This will enable astronomers to probe the universe in unprecedented detail. The SKA will also be able to survey the entire sky much faster than any radio astronomy facility currently in existence.