We are continuing the re-opening effort of the ATA. No exact date is set yet, but it should be several weeks at the most. Don't worry - we will make a big announcement on the front page of setiQuest.org when a date is set.
On September 29th, 2011, last week, I drove a van filled with equipment from the SETI headquarters in Mountain View, CA, to the ATA. It took me about 6 hours, I didn't speed on the highway (much).
When I arrived I was met by the sign in the picture informing the public to please be patient and not disturb the staff. So things are really busy there at the moment.
We are in the process of continuing antenna maintenance, reinstalling computers that were removed and taken to Mountain View when the hibernation, and generally ramping things up again. The work is going well and we are all pleased with the progress.
I arrived late on Wednesday night and slept in the dorm. Early in the morning I drove the 1/2 mile to the main lab to unload the computers.
The ATA just as the sun was rising on Sept 29, 2011
All the antennas were standing at attention pointed south towards Mount Lassen.
I zoomed in on one of the antennas and saw there was a row of birds on top. Cute! I tried to get closer, but that spooked the birds.
I unloaded the van with the computers. This was 6 Dell servers and each was heavy. We rented a van for this because we wanted the servers to have a smooth ride to avoid dislodging anything.
Nice van. It has satellite radio, so the ride seemed short.
We strapped the servers into the back seat.
The glow of the sever rack in the signal processing room. The sun was not quite up yet, so the signal processing room was dark.
On this trip I was just a delivery boy. I unloaded the computers and drove back down to Mountain View.