by Staff Writers
Mountain View CA (SPX) Nov 18, 2012
SETI Institute has received a donation of $3.5 million from Franklin Antonio, Co-founder and Chief Scientist of Qualcomm.
The money will be used to more than double the sensitivity of the Allen Telescope Array by replacing a portion of the antenna feed, which receives signals from the cosmos to search for life in the universe. In honor of the donation, the upgrade will be called the "Antonio Antenna Feed."
A Google+ Hangout will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2012 at noon Pacific Standard Time to discuss the project. To join go to http://bit.ly/TBQrjR Videos describing the project can be seen here.
As a tribute to Antonio, co-founder of Qualcomm, for his generosity and ingenuity, the SETI Institute, a non-profit science research group, announces the kickoff of "Communicate" an appeal for $1 million to fund its mission of innovation and exploration.
Donations from this appeal will fund the Center for SETI Research's exploration of the extrasolar planets being discovered by the Kepler Mission and ground-based observers. Donations will also establish the "Innovation Fund" for the Carl Sagan Center within the SETI Institute. Every project in these centers focuses on scientific research to understand the origins of life and the extent to which life may be present beyond Earth.
"Donations will help support our scientists to make a difference in the world. People who value creativity, education and technology support SETI Institute's mission," said Jill Tarter, co-founder of the SETI Institute and who was recently named as one of the 25 most influential people in Space by Time Magazine.
To donate click here.
"Communicate" donors will receive: + Access to members' only site with opportunities to connect with scientists and other science enthusiasts, fun polls and surveys, and much more
+ Donor's names on the Monument to Discovery of Intelligent Life in the Universe, to be erected when we accomplish our mission. This historical monument will stand as a tribute to the successful search for answers to the ageless questions, "Where did we come from?" and "Are we alone?"
+ First of its kind "Communicate" T-shirt
+ The exclusive "Communicate" window cling.
The Allen Telescope Array
The ATA is a large number of small dishes designed to be highly effective for "commensal" surveys. It can be simultaneously used for both SETI and cutting-edge radio astronomy research observations at centimeter wavelengths. The ATA will permit an expansion of previous stellar reconnaissance to 100 thousand or even 1 million nearby stars.
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