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Message 1920674 - Posted: 23 Feb 2018, 16:44:00 UTC

Some GOOD NEWS....
Iconic Arecibo radio telescope saved by university consortium
A consortium led by the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando will take over management of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, home to one of the world’s largest radio telescope, the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Alexandria, Virginia, announced today. NSF has been looking for another body to take over the running of the iconic facility ever since a 2006 review suggested the agency ramp down its funding to free up money for newer projects.
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UCF has teamed up with the Metropolitan University in San Juan and Yang Enterprises in Oviedo, Florida, a company that has NASA and U.S. Air Force contracts to operate and maintain facilities. Ray Lugo, head of UCF’s Florida Space Institute, says the consortium hopes to bring in new users to contribute toward costs. He says the U.S. Department of Defense may want to use Arecibo to test sensors, while space mining companies may want to scope out target asteroids. “We want to bring other customers to the table,” he says. The consortium also wants to expand the telescope’s scientific capabilities, in part by upgrading equipment as repairs are carried out in the wake of damage suffered during following Hurricane Maria.


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Message 1921090 - Posted: 25 Feb 2018, 20:20:18 UTC - in response to Message 1920674.  

EXCELLENT news! Thanks for the update.

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Message 1921199 - Posted: 26 Feb 2018, 0:38:30 UTC
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Just did a little more digging, it looks like the disaster relief bill that Puerto Rico got included 16.3 million which was dedicated to repair the Arecibo Observatory. It said that that money was supposed to bring it back up to its pre-hurricane standards, and hopefully with the new partnership, they can leverage that money into making some substantial improvements to the telescope beyond where it is today.

Info on telescope from the management team:

Arecibo Observatory Operations and Maintenance Team

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