The construction if the MeerKAT radio telescope has been completed after all 64 antennas have installed onto the device.
The telescope, which is located in Carnarvon, Northern Cape is a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array telescope (SKA) and will be integrated into the mid-frequency component of SKA Phase 1.
The SKA area has been declared a national key point as government wants to protect its investments.
Recently, the MeerKAT observed a rare burst of activity from an exotic star, demonstrating outstanding capabilities as a new instrument for scientific exploration.
SKA Spokesperson, Lorenzo Raynard says, “We have managed to meet our milestone target and that is to ensure 64 antennas are standing tall in the Karoo and have been integrated to function as a radio telescope.”
Raynard says, “We are in the process of verifying the investments are fully functional at the moment, once the verification are in place, we will obviously release images and then the science process will commence and parallel to that we have already worked with an international company of scientist to identify a large survey projects that has been prioritised to use the instruments.”