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While our Array2k fundraising efforts continue, SETI League executive director H. Paul Shuch has begun construction of an eight-dish prototype, dubbed the Very Small Array (VSA), in the backyard of his rural Pennsylvania home. Designed to operate at 1296 MHz in the 23 cm ham band, he will be using it to run receive experiments with our W2ETI Moonbounce Beacon. The design bears superficial resemblance to the SETI Institute's better-known seven-dish Rapid Prototype Array, but is budgeted at a scant $10,000, not coincidentally just one percent of what was spent by the SETI Institute on their more complex RPA.
Watch this space in the months ahead, to see how donated dishes, student labor and volunteer design work are being combined to test a high-tech concept on a shoestring budget.
Letters of Support
Although progress on Array2k has been stalled due to lack of adequate funding, its major engineering breakthroughs are being adopted by the Osservatorio Scientifico Astronomico 'Gian Camillo Gloriosi', in Montecorvino Rovella, Salerno, Italy, for use in its planed Montecorvino SETI Telescope Array (MStar). The SETI League is pleased to support this initiative, and its executive director (and Array2k designer) H. Paul Shuch is serving as Principal Investigator for the MStar project.
See Mstar Briefing Chart (Portable Document Format)
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