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SETIStars was a Success!

The ATA at sunset

Success!

The initial $200K fund drive at http://setistars.org is a success! As of this writing (August 15, 2011) the fund drive reached 111% of the target, a total of $222,210! 

Thanks to all!

jrseti and Dr. Gerry Harp at the ATA

We have pictures! We are at the Allen Telescope Array this week refreshing ourselves on how to operate the array - running it through it's paces. See my blog on our activity at http://setiquest.org/wiki/index.php/ATA_Trip_Report_July_7_2011

 

-jrseti

Need Help finding ATA Replacement Part

First, let me say that we fully expect the ATA to be operational very soon. My training at the ATA is currently being revamped to allow me to be one of the chief operators of the ATA. This means I'll be on-site a lot more, keeping the system running, getting my hands dirty.

We need help finding a replacement part for the ATA. The system as it is works great, but finding this one part will make it more reliable in one key area.

I'll first explain what we need, then I'll explain the history.

The Cost of the ATA

 

In my various discussions with people it has become apparent that many are not aware that the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) requires only $2.5M a year to be fully staffed and operational. That is a very small amount of money given the superior capabilities of the ATA, and a testament to the design and craftsmanship of the system.

NPR's SciFri Voyager Podcast

Today on NPR's Science Friday radio show the topic was the Voyager 1 space probe. The host Ira Flatow interviewed Ed Stone, Chief Scientist, Professor of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He has been working on the Voyager program since 1972!

You can hear a podcast of the show at http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201106174. It is very interesting. See the listen widget near the upper left of the page.

jrseti at the ATA - With Videos!

I'm At The ATA!

I am at the ATA for several days getting a refresher source from Samantha Blair. Samantha is the key person person who lives on-site and keeps the ATA up and running. Unfortunately for us she has to leave in several weeks, she got a job at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).  We wish her luck!

Gamify contest off to good start

You may have seen our previous blog announcing our new ideas contest at Gamify.com. See http://setiquest.org/blog/new-contest-gamify to view that blog entry.

So far there have been a lot of great ideas! See the discussion taking place at http://meta.gamify.com/questions/13/how-would-you-gamify-seti

New Contest with Gamify

Read the Mashable article at http://mashable.com/2011/05/05/seti-gamify/

How does the ATA Hibernation affect setiQuest?

We have been getting a lot of enquiries about the ATA hibernation and how it affects the setiQuest project. See http://setiquest.org/blog/allen-telescope-array-temporary-hibernation for a full explanation.

setiQuest hosting 2 meetups the week of May 2nd!

setiQuest is hosting 2 meetups soon. We want need your participation.

 

May 2nd - Silicon Valley Apps for Kids

6pm at the SETI Institute

We will be hosting this meetup and providing an introduction to what setiQuest is doing and request ideas for a setiQuest iPhone app for kids. All ideas welcome, let's discuss!

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