SKA decision likely to be delayed, says Minister
Publish date: 03 April 2012
Issue Number: 255
Diary: Legalbrief Environmental
Africa is ready to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor reiterated at a briefing last week.
However, an Engineering News report notes that the site selection was likely to be pushed out beyond 4 April, which had been set down as the possible deadline for the allocation of a preferred site for the hosting of the radio telescope development. Australia is also in the running to host the international science project. It emerged that the final decision might be delayed as the members of the SKA Organisation consider inputs that could affect the decision, the report states. It says the recommendations of the independent SKA site advisory committee had been referred to the members of by the SKA board and would be central to their considerations. SA and Australia emerged as the two remaining contestants for the project in 2006, after the international SKA steering committee identified the countries as the most suitable locations for the development. Full Engineering News report