State Govt continues to support new frontiers in radio astronomy
Curtin University launches ground-breaking Murchison Widefield Array (MWA)
MWA one of three precursor telescopes for international SKA project
Science and Innovation Minister John Day today congratulated Curtin University for its lead role in establishing the ground-breaking Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory.
“The dedication of MWA director, Professor Steven Tingay and his team is opening up an exciting new area of scientific research and collaboration in Western Australia,” Mr Day said.
“The MWA is a collaboration between research partners in Australia, the United States, India and New Zealand and one of three precursor telescopes for the low frequency component of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.
“The State Government has actively supported the development of the MWA through establishing the world’s premier radio astronomy observatory facility in the State’s Mid West region; regulatory measures to preserve radio quietness; and funding the expansion of astronomy science research capacity.”
The Minister said MWA was the quiet achiever of the three SKA precursor projects and set to be the first to being fully operational, when observations commenced early next year.
“The innovative team at Curtin University has engaged with research partners, local industry, government and the community to deliver this extraordinary project,” he said.
“Such developments have a positive impact on WA by strengthening international collaboration, attracting investment, providing employment opportunities and delivering science education outcomes.
“Professor Tingay plays a pivotal role in building community awareness of astronomy and encouraging young West Australians to consider careers in science and technology.”
MWA one of three precursor telescopes for the SKA
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