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27th July 2018 Situated near the town of Carnarvon, in the Northern Cape, Antenna 47 (pictured above) lies within the outer limits of the greater 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope, inaugurated on July 13 by Deputy President David Mabuza and Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. The MeerKAT is... 

New facility making key parts of MeerKAT radio telescope antennas opened

By: Keith Campbell     8th May 2015 South African company Stratosat Datacom officially opened its new facility for manufacturing sub-reflectors for the MeerKAT radio telescope in Elandsfontein, east of Johannesburg, on April 23. In his address at the event, Department of Science and Technology Director General Dr Phil Mjwara hailed... 

New facility to make key parts of MeerKAT radio telescope antennas opened

By: Keith Campbell     23rd April 2015 South African company Stratosat Datacom officially opened its new facility for manufacturing sub-reflectors for the MeerKAT radio telescope in Elandsfontein, east of Johannesburg, on Thursday. In his address at the event, Department of Science and Technology director-general Dr Phil Mjwara hailed... 

SKA drives human capital development in S Africa, Africa – Ramaphosa 

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2015 The development of the 64-dish MeerKAT array radio telescope is a strategic infrastructure project and forms part of efforts to transform the South African economy, specifically through the development of human capital, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday. The MeerKAT would... 

MeerKAT radio telescope dishes also to be fitted with German receivers

By: Keith Campbell     12th December 2014 Germany’s Max-Planck-Society (MPG) and the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPlfR) are investing €11-million (about R150-million) into South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array programme. The money will be used to design, build and install S-band radio wave receivers on MeerKAT’s... 

Component and system testing set to start on first two Meerkat radio telescope dishes

By: Keith Campbell     9th May 2014 With the completion of the first dish for the MeerKAT radio telescope array, a key milestone in the development of South Africa’s greatest-ever scientific instrument has been reached. Very soon, the second antenna will also be completed and a new phase in the development of MeerKAT will begin.... 

Component and system testing set to start on first two Meerkat radio telescope dishes

By: Keith Campbell     9th May 2014 With the completion of the first dish for the MeerKAT radio telescope array, a key milestone in the development of South Africa’s greatest ever scientific instrument has been reached. Very soon, the second antenna will also be completed and a new phase in the development of MeerKAT will begin.... 

First MeerKAT radio telescope dish launched in Karoo

By: Keith Campbell     27th March 2014 South African Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom formally launched the first dish of the country’s MeerKAT radio telescope array in the Karoo, some 90 km west of the small town of Carnarvon, on Thursday. When completed, MeerKAT will have 64 such antennas. “The MeerKAT is something... 

SA’s MeerKAT and the international SKA telescopes moving from concept to reality

By: Keith Campbell     30th November 2012 Since the announcement, in May, of the selection of the sites – one in South Africa and the other in Australia – to host the €1.5-billion international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project (with the major part of the instrument to be in South Africa, in the Karoo region), developments have begun... 

SA’s MeerKAT and the international SKA telescopes moving from concept to reality

By: Keith Campbell     30th November 2012 Since the announcement, in May, of the selection of the sites – one in South Africa and the other in Australia – to host the €1.5-billion international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project (with the major part of the instrument to be in South Africa, in the Karoo region), developments have begun... 

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