Posts tagged as meerkat

First gamma ray pulsar measured in southern sky from ground level

  For the first time from ground level the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) has measured pulsed gamma rays in the southern sky. The radiation originates from the Vela pulsar, a neutron star that was formed when a massive star collapsed. This is the first pulsar detected by HESS II – the latest upgrade of […]

Manufacture of MeerKat antennas will boost local industry

  Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT At least 75% of the components making up the 64 MeerKAT antennas will be manufactured in South Africa, but several industries in the SKA Organisation partner countries are also making crucial contributions. The global technology collaborations bring cutting-edge know-how and many years of antenna experience to the […]

The SKA benefits from UK investment

SKA – the world’s next great science project, after the International Space Station and the Large Hadron Collider The UK Science Minister, the Rt. Hon. David Willetts announced funding of £100-million for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, in a recent speech at Jodrell Bank Observatory. The emblematic observatory hosts the headquarters of the SKA Organisation, which […]

SA awarded lion’s share of the Square Kilometre Array

The independent square kilometre array (SKA) site advisory committee, or SSAC, has identified Africa as the preferred site for what is touted as possibly the largest scientific instrument ever envisaged by humankind. One of the three receiver components will be built in Australia with two more in Africa. South Africa, together with its partner countries […]

SA gets lion’s share of the SKA, but what’s the future of fracking in the Karoo?

by Hans van de Groenendaal, EngineerIT After nine years of sweat and tears by the South African and Australian SKA site bid teams, the independent SKA Site Advisory Committee (SSAC), composed of world-renowned experts, carried out an objective technical and scientific assessment of the sites in South Africa and Australia, and by consensus identified Africa […]


SumbandilaSat in the Baikonur clean room prior to integration with the launch vehicle in September 2009. The team members at SunSpace are still incrementally reading back the program code from the nine power modules in an effort to determine the extent of the corruption. With SumbandilaSat going through eclipses, the satellite is not as available […]