ngVLA & SKA Engagement
The ngVLA and SKA projects are currently investigating a process to establish a scientific alliance that may result in an exchange of observing time across an unprecedented suite of cutting-edge telescopes spanning more than 3 orders of magnitude in observing frequency (50MHz – 116 GHz). Such an alliance will yield unparalleled capabilities for investigating the most pressing astrophysical problems of our time, including the formation and evolution of the Universe, galaxies, stars, and planets. While many details about the nature of any such scientific alliance remain to be resolved, both Observatories agreed they should be ambitious in exploring the possibilities of this type of arrangement in the future.
After a productive initial meeting, we look forward to continuing the alliance discussions and meeting again in approximately 18 months, at which time SKA should have begun construction activities and ngVLA will be continuing design/development activities. One tangible outcome of the first meeting was an agreement to hold a joint SKA/ngVLA science meeting in 2021 (now 2023 due to COVID), details to be announced in due course.