At a meeting of the SKA Observatory (SKAO) Council last week, Member States gave the green light for construction of the SKA telescopes to start, with procurement of major contracts starting immediately. Over the next few months, some 70 contracts will be placed by the SKAO within its Member States. The first significant activity on site in Australia and South Africa is due to happen early next year, with construction of the two telescopes lasting until 2028, and early science opportunities in the next few years. The cost of constructing the two telescopes and the associated operations and business-enabling functions is about €2billion over the period 2021 – 2030.
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