Allen Telescope Array

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Allen Telescope Array
(ATA)
The Allen Telescope Array (ATA-42), October 11, 2007.
The Allen Telescope Array (ATA-42), October 11, 2007
Organization SETI Institute & Radio Astronomy Laboratory
Location Hat Creek Radio Observatory
Coordinates Coordinates: 40°49′01″N 121°28′12″W / 40.817°N 121.470°W / 40.817; -121.470
Website seti.org

The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) was developed by the SETI Institute and the Radio Astronomy Laboratory (RAL) at the University of California, Berkeley to construct a radio interferometer that is dedicated to astronomical observations. At the same time, it is also used for the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.[1][2]

The ATA is at the Hat Creek Radio Observatory, 290 miles (470 km) northeast of San Francisco, California. The goal is to have 350 antennas.[3] To start, 42 antennas (ATA-42) were put to work on 11 October 2007.[4][5] However, a lack of money stopped operations in April 2011.[6][7] In August 2011, ATA got short-term funding.[8]

It is named after Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft. Its old name was the One Hectare Telescope (1hT).

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  1. Daniel Terdiman (12 December 2008). "SETI's large-scale telescope scans the skies". CNET News. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-10121889-52.html. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
  2. John Johnson, Jr. (1 June 2008). "Aliens get a new switchboard: a SETI radio telescope in Northern California". The Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-sci-seti1-2008jun01,0,1621324.story. Retrieved 2008-09-29.
  3. http://archive.seti.org/pdfs/Shostak-spring2009-EnS.pdf
  4. Dennis Overbye (11 October 2007). "Stretching the Search for Signs of Life". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/11/science/11seti.html. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
  5. Staff writers (12 October 2007). "Skies to be swept for alien life". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7041183.stm. Retrieved 2007-10-12.
  6. Federal Computer Week
  7. http://archive.seti.org/pdfs/ATA-hibernation.pdf
  8. Cook, John. "Search for ET continues as Paul Allen-backed telescope hits short-term funding goal". Geekwire. http://www.geekwire.com/2011/search-continues-paul-allenbacked-telescope-array-hits-shortterm-funding-goal. Retrieved 2011-08-30.

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