The SKA – the world’s largest radio telescope

The SKA is a global effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope aiming to answer fundamental questions about our Universe. As other big Research Infrastructures before it, the SKA will inevitably generate spin-offs with a wider impact.

The SKA will produce so much data, that we will need “intelligent” algorithms to process it, remove noise and detect interesting objects, and a lot of computer power!

China has been involved in the project since its inception and recently signed the founding text -called Convention- of the future SKA Observatory, the organisation which will build and operate the SKA for the next decades.

Another contribution China has made to the project through Huawei’s involvement is in working with Shanghai Astronomical Observatory in developing a prototype regional centre for the SKA using machine learning. In those centres, the SKA data will end up to be accessed and processed by the scientific community.