The Africa Heritage Society and International Goodwill Ambassador Oscar J. Webb and WCN Transmedia Group is excited to support the SKA Project landing in South Africa. Fundamental to understanding the future is understanding the past. SKA may hold the answers to unlocking the universe. First Awareness then massive immediate action is required to Lobby for the project decision to be South Africa. 2011 is the International Year for People of African Descent UN Resolution 64/169 and we call upon President Obama, the Administrators of NASA, The Senate and Congress and the United Nations to support South Africa’s bid for the SKA Project.
With the US Shuttle Programs shutting down WCN Transmedia Group point clearly to SKA as a project in Africa worthy of US Investment. To hear more about this project see the invitation below from the South African Chamber of Commerce in America.
Here is more information about the Bid.
South Africa’s bid to host the SKA
South Africa is ready to host the world’s most powerful radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in southern Africa. Following an initial identification of sites suitable for the SKA by the International SKA Steering Committee in 2006, southern Africa and Australia are the finalists. A consortium of the major international science funding agencies, in consultation with the SKA Science and Engineering Committee (SSEC), will announce the selected site for the SKA in 2012.
- The SKA project
South Africa has been shortlisted to host the world’s largest telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).
- The SKA in Africa
South Africa’s bid proposes that the core of the telescope be located in an arid area of the Northern Cape Province of the Republic of South Africa, with about three antenna stations in Namibia, four in Botswana and one each in Mozambique, Mauritius, Madagascar, Kenya and Zambia.
- South Africa’s competitive advantage
Southern Africa is fast becoming a hub of activities in the field of astronomy and related technologies.
- SKA collaboration
Bilateral agreements have been established with key institutions involved with the SKA to improve collaboration efficiency.
- Questions and answers
Questions and answers about MeerKAT and the SKA.
You’re invited to the SKA Project Event NYC, July 11th
Come learn about the SKA Project and hear from Dr. Fanaroff, the scientist presenting South Africa’s bid to host the world’s most powerful radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA)!
Date: Monday, July 11th 2011
The SKA is a $2 billion project that will include thousands of house-sized audio astronomy dishes listening for the origins of the Big Bang. If placed in Africa, it will change the continent, create demand for new technologies, and develop business spin-offs unimaginable today.
A decision will be made in early 2012 between the two potential sites for the SKA, South Africa & Australia.
To give you a sense of the scale of the ambition:
For the country that is selected as the host site, it will be a boost for local research and innovation, attracting world-class talent to the country and providing an iconic project to inspire young people to science and engineering studies.
The spin-off benefits of the SKA project will benefit industry and society well beyond the exciting physics and mathematics work that will be done on the astronomy data.
The computing capacity & data handling facilities could also be used for:
To contact the coordinators for this event: