29-30 May 2017
European Southern Observatory
Europe/Berlin timezone

How to visit a remote radio-quiet facility spread on 3 continents and 2 hemispheres? The challenging case of the SKA

29 May 2017, 17:00
Eridanus (European Southern Observatory)


European Southern Observatory

85748 Garching Germany


Mr Mathieu Isidro (SKA Organisation)


When it comes to public access, the SKA presents an interesting set of challenges: it is a distributed facility, spread over three continents – the UK, Australia and South Africa. Not only that, but it is also very remote from many of its funders, spread all over the globe. While the Headquarters are within 30min of a major international airport, both telescopes are some 800 kilometres away from the nearest big city. But even more importantly: both sites need to be kept absolutely free from radio-frequency interference. With no mobile phones, no cameras or modern cars, this means few or no visitors. How does the taxpayer funding it access such a facility? In this talk we will explore the challenges of developing an immersive visitor experience for the SKA, introduce our early concepts and call on the community for input.

Primary author

Mr Mathieu Isidro (SKA Organisation)


Mr William Garnier (SKA Organisation)

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