Exploring the Universe with the world’s largest radio telescope
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a truly staggering project, comparable in size to other mega-science projects including Hubble, the Large Hadron Collider and ITER, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor.
The SKA will be capable of answering some of the most fundamental questions about the origins of the Universe.
In April 2011, it was announced that the SKA Project Office (SPO) will be based at the Jodrell Bank Observatory near Manchester in the United Kingdom, following an international competition. The Director, Prof Richard Schilizzi, and his colleagues kindly accepted to give this lecture at NPL.
There are still many key scientific and engineering challenges which need to be solved in order for the SKA project to reach its full ambition. This lecture is an opportunity to listen to the people in charge and find out how your scientific and engineering expertise could form part of the construction and operation of the telescope.