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Tendering to SKAO

The Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) will be the world’s biggest radio telescope observatory. The Observatory’s HQ is situated at Jodrell Bank, Cheshire. For the initial construction phase which will cost €2bn, there will be a mid-frequency array of 197 15m dishes in the Karoo Desert in South Africa and a low-frequency array of 131,072 log-periodic antennas in the Western Australian desert.

SKA construction commenced in July 2021 and is expected to formally end in 2029. The SKA is expected to operate for over 50 years. The UK is contributing 15% of the cost of constructing the SKA from 2021 to 2030 and is the largest contributor to the project. The UK has been allocated construction work commensurate to its contribution.

As the UK is an SKAO Member, SKAO assists the UK in achieving return on investment through contracts placed with UK companies. STFC coordinates and manages the UK’s involvement and subscription with SKAO and as part of this the STFC Business Opportunities team act as the UK Industrial Liaison Office. The team supports UK companies who are interested in working with SKAO.

Last updated: 12 January 2022

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