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No Funds SETI Shuts down search for alien life

No Funds SETI Shuts down search for alien life

The name SETI has become synonymous with search for extraterrestrial life.

The Allen Telescope Array (ATA), a set of 42 radio telescopes near Hat Creek, California, has been searching for alien signals and simultaneously conducting astronomical research since it began operating in 2007.

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute operates the Allen Telescope Array, the field of dish-like scopes some 300 miles north of San Francisco

The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) is a "Large Number of Small Dishes" (LNSD) array designed to be highly effective for “commensal” (simultaneous) surveys of conventional radio astronomy projects and SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) observations at centimeter wavelengths.

The idea for the ATA emerged in a series of workshops convened by the SETI Institute in 1997 to define the path for future development of technology and search strategies for SETI. The advance of computer and communications technology made it clear that LNSD arrays were more efficient and less expensive than traditional large antennas. The final report of the workshop, “SETI 2020,” recommended the construction of the One Hectare Telescope. (1HT) (A hectare is an area equivalent to a square 100 meters on a side.)

The SETI Institute sought private funds for the 1HT and in 2001 Paul Allen (co-founder of Microsoft) agreed to fund the technology development and first phase of construction (42 antennas). In October 2007 the array began commissioning tests and initial observations.

The array is now being used for radio astronomy observations of our galaxy and other galaxies, gamma ray bursts and transient radio sources, and SETI.

The array is a partnership between the SETI Institute, based in Mountainview, California, and the University of California, Berkeley.

SETI has been forced to put the Allen Telescope Array into “hibernation” due to a drastic reduction in outside funding.

In simple language Allen Telescope Array that scans the skies, universe for extraterrestrial signals has suspended operations because of lack of funding

Karen Randall, SETI's director of special projects said that The Allen Telescope Array will resume operations by 2013, when SETI's new round of funding goes into effect.
She also said that the funding will cover the project until 2018, she said. In the meantime, SETI is searching for quick cash.

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Kirtivasan,  April 30, 2011  

I saw a youtube video which showed a dead alien, recently, about a week back. The alien was in Russia.

With so many special effect movies made people no longer believe in all these.

I feel research should be only for a selected few like scientists and astronomers. Research to educate people is a sheer waste.

Destination Infinity April 30, 2011  

Can't they put all those antennas to some other use? Like receiving some satellite communications etc? But their way of searching for aliens is very difficult. These kind of projects should have Govt funding, instead of being dependent on private funding.

Destination Infinity

sm,  April 30, 2011  


sm,  April 30, 2011  

Destination Infinity,,

kiran sawhney April 30, 2011  

I do hope that they do resume their operations in 2013

sm,  April 30, 2011  

Kiran Bajaj Sawhney,,