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Australia and New Zealand have joined forces to bid for a multibillion dollar international radio telescope.
New Zealand's Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee and Australia's Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, signed the agreement today in Sydney.
The signing is seen as a boost to Australia, which is competing with South Africa to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).
"Signing the arrangement sends a strong signal to the international community that both countries are committed to supporting SKA-related industry opportunities and promoting the relevant capabilities of Australian and New Zealand industry," says Brownlee.
Senator Carr says the SKA is one of the world's great science projects, comparing it to the Large Hadron Collider in Europe.
"New Zealand is crucial to building the global collaboration required for the SKA to reach its full potential," says Carr.
"If our bid is successful, the SKA will not only significantly increase Australia's and New Zealand's scientific capabilities; it will result in economic benefits and spinoffs in a number of areas, including supercomputing, data transmission, renewable energy, construction and manufacturing."
en.wikipedia.org... "what do they expect to find, sure as hell aint piece of mind." another waste of taxpayers money like haarp,lhc and other secretive experiments.
It will require very high performance central computing engines and long-haul links with a capacity greater than the current global Internet traffic. It will be able to survey the sky more than ten thousand times faster than ever before. With receiving stations extending out to distance of 3,000 km from a concentrated central core, it will continue radio astronomy's tradition of providing the highest resolution images in all astronomy. The SKA will be built in the southern hemisphere, either in South Africa or Australia, where the view of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is best and radio interference least. With a budget of €1.5 billion, construction of the SKA is scheduled to begin in 2016 for initial observations by 2019 and full operation by 2024.