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Square Kilometre Array News Archive


Tender Watch: Gearing up Gauteng

23 Feb 2017 Tender Watch
By Kimberly Guest

National Research Foundation The Square Kilometre Array requires the supply and delivery of optical fibre test equipment. Tender no: Information: Technical: Roufurd Julie (021) 506 7300, e-mail: .

D-day for digital migration case

21 Feb 2017 Telecoms
By Simnikiwe Mzekandaba

The communications department phase one of government's analogue switch-off project, with households in the Northern Cape switching to DTT in October. These are households in towns that sit in the core Square Kilometre Array area and require the use of encrypted STBs for digital migration.
He also lauded the science and technology department for driving projects like the Square Kilometre Array telescope in the Northern Cape..

Govt to prioritise maths and science

9 Feb 2017 Computing
By Simnikiwe Mzekandaba

He also lauded projects like the Square Kilometre Array telescope in the Northern Cape for its contribution to socio-economic development in SA..

Sansa under new leadership

31 Jan 2017 Computing
By Simnikiwe Mzekandaba

The new CEO was also the department's chief specialist for astronomy and African space science, where he was involved in the development of a and the Square Kilometre Array readiness strategy..
The country suffers from a of qualified data scientists, with increasing fears that the vast amount of data generated by the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope will be shipped and hosted overseas..

Pandor eyes foreign investments for R&D

23 Jan 2017 Business
By Simnikiwe Mzekandaba

Although the department can be proud of the Square Kilometre Array as one of the major success stories, there is a major part of society that still doesn't know what the project is all about, she stated..
EMSS Antennas, one of the companies in the group, supplies antenna technology to the MeerKAT radio astronomy project, and is an integral part of the world-leading Square Kilometre Array development..

Digital TV showdown gets hearing date

13 Jan 2017 Business
By Simnikiwe Mzekandaba

The DOC began phase one of government's project, with households in the Northern Cape switching to DTT in October last year. The department prioritised households in towns that sit in the core Square Kilometre Array area to migrate to digital TV.

Tender Watch: Ready, set, go

11 Jan 2017 Tender Watch
By Kimberly Guest

National Research Foundation The Square Kilometre Array requires the supply and delivery of 3 000 hard drives (HDD) for the Meerkat archive. Tender no: Information: Technical: Thomas Bennett (021) 506 7300, e-mail: .
The awareness campaign follows on the department's first progressive step in the digital migration project, which saw households in the Square Kilometre Array area in the Northern Cape switch to digital terrestrial television in ..

Tender Watch: Last minute rush

15 Dec 2016 Tender Watch
By Kimberly Guest

National Research Foundation The Square Kilometre Array is advertising for the supply and delivery of radio frequency (RF) cables for Meerkat receptor [part number: Radiall SHF8MOD series outdoor cable SKA SA specific part number: R286404511 OR Times Microwave Phase Track 210 phase stable cable assemblies with SKA SA specific part number OE 7685]. Tender no: Information: Technical: Sias Malan (021) 506 7300, e-mail: .
In October, the DOC kicked-off phase one of the project to switch households in the Square Kilometre Array area in the Northern Cape to digital terrestrial television. The department has prioritised households in border-lying areas where analogue causes the greatest interference.
It is here that the South African Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, , can pave the way, says Kraan-Korteweg. "We have proposed to use this powerful radio telescope in early-science mode when 32 of its total of 64 dishes are in place during 2017 for a systematic search of the fully hidden core of the supercluster.

Digital TV: three years off deadline mark

7 Nov 2016 Telecoms
By Simnikiwe Mzekandaba

The department has prioritised border-lying areas as the country switches from analogue to digital television. These include the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) area in the Northern Cape, as well as Mpumalanga, Free State and Limpopo, where analogue causes the greatest interference.
Astronomers travel to India to collaborate and preview the science the Square Kilometre Array will undertake in 2023 and beyond..
The institute was initially formed to deal with the big data challenges SA's 64-dish MeerKAT telescope and ultimately the giant Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will pose..

Analogue TV switched off in SKA area

28 Oct 2016 Telecoms
By Simnikiwe Mzekandaba

Households in core towns of the Square Kilometre Array area switch to digital television..

New innovation lab to focus on IOT

26 Oct 2016 Business
By Lauren Kate Rawlins

At the launch event this morning, an agreement between SAP and the Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) was signed. The IDIA was formed to enable South African universities to jointly advance within the global Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project and lead in data science.

SA looks to China to enhance innovation

14 Oct 2016 Business
By Simnikiwe Mzekandaba

Through the exhibition, SA also wants to attract foreign direct investment for science programmes, promote projects such as the Square Kilometre Array and create opportunities for human capital development, he adds..

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