Government hands out $19 million for SKA design funding

CSIRO, Cisco and AARnet big winners

The Australian government has awarded a total of $19 million in funding grants to organisations involved with the design of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

Co-hosted by Australia and South Africa, the SKA will be the world’s largest radio telescope when it becomes operational in 2020. It will help the search for Earth-like planets, alien life forms, dark matter and black holes.

The pre-construction grants are conditional upon the recipients being selected by the international SKA Organisation to undertake work packages, worth around $114 million. The successful tenderers will be announced later in 2013.

SKA telescope to generate more data than entire Internet in 2020

Data speeds power up MWA radio telescope project

Galaxy census one of the first ASKAP projects

According to grant documents (PDF), CSIRO was allocated $6.19 million for the SKA’s dish and receiver systems and a further $1.42 million for assembly, integration and verification.

Cisco was awarded $400,000 for the design of the central signal processor and $500,000 for signal and data transport. The vendor will assist the overall network design for SKA including infrastructure and precursor integration in collaboration with South Africa.

AARNet also received $795,000 for signal and data transport. Its contribution will be in the areas of network topology and architecture for the Australian components of the SKA, with a particular emphasis on integration with the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP).

Follow Hamish Barwick on Twitter: @HamishBarwick

Follow Computerworld Australia on Twitter: @ComputerworldAU, or take part in the Computerworld conversation on LinkedIn: Computerworld Australia

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags CSIROciscoaarnetSquare Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescopescienceSquare Kilometre Array (SKA)

More about AARNetCiscoCSIROCSIROGalaxyPathfinder Holdings

Show Comments
[]