Projected milestones for SKA South Africa
- 2014 – 2017: Building the 64-dish MeerKAT array (while design and planning for SKA is underway)
- 2017 – 2020: Construction of SKA Phase 1 (scientists can already do research with MeerKAT)
- 2020 – 2024: Construction of SKA Phase 2 (Including outstations in African partner countries)
- 2024: The SKA is ready to do research
Construction of Phase 1 will take place from 2018 to 2023 providing an operational array of telescopes capable of carrying out the first science in low and mid frequencies. Phase 2 and the high frequency dishes will then follow providing full sensitivity for frequencies up to 20 GHz.
The following image shows a graphical representation of some of the key points in the evolution of the SKA