New central control hub for SKA

The new headquarters have been built in England and cost almost R50 million.

SKA announces the opening of a new central control hub. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) organisation announced on Monday the opening of a new "central control hub" for what will become the world's most powerful radio telescope.

The new international headquarters have been built in England and cost almost R50 million.

South Africa won the right to host the lion's share of the SKA but some of the dishes will be built in Australia.

The new office will collect data gathered at both locations.

The SKA is an environmentally friendly building which will eventually house more than 60 staff members including scientists and engineers.

The information gathered by the telescope could help unravel some of the most fundamental mysteries of the universe which will help understand human existence.

UK Minister for Universities and Science, The Rt. Hon. David Willetts said, "The Square Kilometre Array is set to be one of the world's most exciting international science projects, giving us new and unparalleled insights into the universe."

Construction on the SKA is due to begin in 2016.