About the KAT

South Africa plans to build the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT) very near the proposed site for the core of the SKA. The KAT will be located in a radio quiet reserve within the Karoo region of South Africa. Its sparse population and dry climate make it an ideal site for a radio telescope. It is intended that the site will be proclaimed as a radio quiet reserve. A high-speed fibre-optic link will connect the KAT to the Centre for High-Performance Computing (CHPC) in Cape Town.

The KAT will be a so-called "demonstrator" of SKA technology, and will also prove South Africa’s commitment, capacity and technological readiness to host the SKA. At about 1% to 2% of the survey capacity of the SKA, the KAT will be a world-class research instrument in its own right. The KAT is scheduled to be completed by 2009.

A KAT prototype, including the electronics and dish design, will be built at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory by the end of 2007. The KAT team has agreed on technical collaboration with teams in Australia, the UK, the Netherlands and the USA.The technical collaboration will result in a reduction in cost and risks for the KAT. A joint science case for the KAT has been discussed with all these collaborators.

SALT and KAT will collaborate in complementary observations and will form a formidable and powerful astronomical tool.

In addition to the scientific and technological collaboration already established for the KAT, South Africa’s National Research Foundation is seeking more funding partners.

Visit the official KAT website at www.kat.ac.za.