MIL-OSI Canada: Canada becomes member of SKAO radio astronomy project

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Source: Government of Canada News

Investment of $269 million opens new path for astronomical and technological discovery

June 3, 2024— Ottawa, ON—National Research Council of Canada

Worldwide collaboration is required to advance scientific discoveries, the fundamental understanding of our universe, and to build cutting-edge instrumentation—especially in fields such as astronomy. The Government of Canada is committed to providing Canadian astronomers with the tools and opportunities needed to be at the forefront of scientific research, further strengthening our reputation in astronomical discovery.

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry is pleased to announce that Canada is now a member of the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO). This membership is the culmination of more than 20 years of Canadian leadership and international collaboration in the Square Kilometre Array project. Once complete, the SKAO will be the world’s largest radio astronomy observatory with an impact comparable to the James Webb Space Telescope or the Hubble Space Telescope.

Canada is investing $269 million over 8 years, through the National Research Council of Canada, as part of its membership in the SKAO. This investment will result in opportunities for Canadian industry and academic institutions to deliver key observatory systems and to ensure Canadian astronomers have access to one of the world’s leading facilities.

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