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NRAO, SETI Institute Agree on New Research Programs

17 Feb 2020, 17:33 UTC
NRAO, SETI Institute Agree on New Research Programs
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SEATTLE (NRAO PR) — The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the SETI Institute have agreed to collaborate on a broad range of future scientific and technical projects in radio astronomy and related research. Initial efforts under the agreement will be focused on developing capabilities for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) on radio telescopes operated by NRAO.

The two organizations will collaborate to develop and install a signal processing system on the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) that will analyze data collected by that telescope to identify transmissions possibly generated by extraterrestrial technologies. This system — dubbed COSMIC: the Commensal Open Source Multimode Interferometer Cluster — will receive data from a newly-developed parallel Ethernet interface to the VLA, using the same data stream used for other research but analyzed in parallel by COSMIC.

“This plan will allow an additional, important use for the data we’re already collecting,” said NRAO Director Tony Beasley. “In addition to addressing one of the most profound questions in science, this system also may advance our capabilities in other areas of science, such as detecting Fast Radio Bursts, as well as produce improvements in detecting and excising radio interference from ...

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