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ML1 pointed out an article about the change of management of the Arecibo Observatory. Cornell University, which has managed Arecibo since it opened, will no longer be managing the Observatory. A consortium of organizations will new be handling the management. We don't expect this to affect SETI@home much. It may mean changes to how observing is scheduled and how much observing time we receive per year.
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Thanks for the update Eric, I was about to ask you what effect this would have upon Seti. Glad to hear that it should ne negligible.
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... Will SETI@home be viewed as an extra cost burden?
Usual disclaimer... I can't speak for Eric or anyone at/for s@h... I'm merely a volunteer participant.
Thanks Eric for pickling up the article.
My guess is what comes next will likely be the usual game of politics. Still can't guess the outcome from the NSF and NASA funding/management jugglings but perhaps that is what has pulled in funding from Puerto Rico and also the greater involvement of their academia.
Hopefully, s@h will be seen as a greater benefit for science, publicity, and participant outreach far and above the small costs for handling disk packs to post the data back to Berkeley.
This may well all prove to be a very good and positive shake-up to breathe new life into operation of Arecibo.
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The S@H Science Status page explains how the data recorder works. Since it is always on, I suspect the only involvement of Arecibo staff is to check it once a day to make sure it is on, swap data drives when they get full, and send them back to Berkeley. Can't imagine how this would be a budget/funding issue.
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Thanks for the information. I hope that things go well with the new management.
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