University of Calgary

University of Calgary Canadian lead on international telescope project

Submitted by darmstro on Tue, 2011-06-28 15:08.

June 28, 2011

There are many steps before perfecting the science and engineering behind the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s biggest radio telescope, one so powerful it will be able to detect an airport radar on a planet 50-light years away.

The University of Calgary is the lead Canadian institution on the unprecedented project and is co-hosting a week-long series of meetings taking place in Banff between July 3 and 8. These meeting bring together the international community that is planning the SKA, including ministers from Australia and South Africa as well as VPs from Boeing and IBM. A public forum will be held on July 6.

University of Calgary researchers are working on the design for the receivers that will pickup signals from deep space.

Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Time: 10 a.m. – noon (Please book interview time with Leanne Yohemas).
Who: Dr. Russ Taylor, physics professor and Canadian lead on the SKA project
Dr. Len Bruton and Dr. Leo Belostotski of the Schulich School of Engineering

Location: University of Calgary, CCIT315 - Leo Belostotski’s lab
Parking: L12

Media Contact:
Leanne Yohemas
University of Calgary, Faculty of Science
403-540-6552 – cell