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SEEKERS: The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder radio telescope, which is testing technologies for the larger Square Kilometre Array.

Ripple effect from the quiet march of science

The effect of work under way on the Square Kilometre Array project in the state’s Mid West region is rippling through the scientific community, beyond the obvious impact in radio astronomy through to cutting-edge commercial operations.

Some of the development work in the Murchison includes pushing the limits of remote data collection while minimising the ‘noise’ created by the electrical emissions and vibrations of merely having a base there.

Last month, the Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre at Curtin University successfully trialled a 100 gigabyte per second data link between the SKA’s precursor telescope, the Murchison Widefield Array, and the Curtin campus in Perth.

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