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Radio telescopes collect radio waves from the cosmos allowing scientists to investigate some of the fundamental questions about our universe. In doing so, they develop innovative new technologies in fields such as computer science, medical imaging and advanced manufacturing. This has led to major inventions such as WiFi which plays a major role in every aspect of daily life.

One of the world’s most ambitious mega-science projects, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), is an international, next generation project likely to deliver unforeseen scientific and technical benefits to the world.

The government provided $294 million in 2017 to co-host SKA, which will be the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope.

The Australian SKA Office, through the Australia-New Zealand SKA Coordination Committee, leads Australia’s involvement in the SKA project.

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Last updated: 14 August 2018

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