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Square Kilometre Array: Infrastructure Detailed Design for SKA Phase 1

Objective

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is an international project to construct the largest and most sensitive radio telescope ever conceived. The SKA will use hundreds of thousands of radio telescopes receivers, in three unique configurations, which will enable astronomers to monitor the sky in unprecedented detail and survey the entire sky thousands of times faster than any system currently in existence. The SKA telescopes will be co-located in Africa and in Australia. South Africa’s Karoo desert will cover the core of the high and mid frequencies of the radio spectrum which will have telescopes spread all over the continent, with Australia’s Murchison region covering the low frequency range and hosting the survey instrument. The objective of the IN-SKA proposal is to support the implementation of the SKA, enabling the start of construction in 2018 and delivery of first science around 2020. To achieve this, the proposal plans to provide resources to complete the Detailed Design of the core SKA Infrastructure required in South Africa and Australia. The proposed programme will address the design of roads and civil works, power distribution to run the telescope and supporting computing facilities, antenna foundations and the specialist design of new buildings; buildings that will be suitable for maintaining a pristine radio-quiet environment needed to ensure that SKA is able to achieve its science goals. In addition to driving innovation in many areas, and supporting the SKA as an inspirational vehicle for skills, industry and outreach, the ultimate deliverables of tender documentation ready for construction will place European and other national industry in leading positions to benefit directly from implementation of the SKA in 2018.

Call for proposal

H2020-INFRADEV-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-INFRADEV-1-2015-1

Coordinator

SKA ORGANISATION
Net EU contribution
€ 299 450,00
Address
Jodrell Bank Observatory Lower Withington
SK11 9DL Macclesfield
United Kingdom

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Region
North West (England) Cheshire Cheshire East
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (3)

NATIONAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION
South Africa
Net EU contribution
€ 2 251 921,00
Address
Meiring Naude Road Brummeria
0001 Pretoria

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Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION
Australia
Net EU contribution
€ 592 250,00
Address
Clunies Ross Street Csiro Black Mountain Science And Innovation Park
2601 Acton Act

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

AURECON AUSTRALASIA PTY LTD
Australia
Net EU contribution
€ 1 811 854,00
Address
Level 8 850 Collins Street Dockland Victoria
3008 Melbourne

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00