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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Nov 15, 2012 17:15:23 GMT -6
Tracking Space junk with the help of Astronomers
HOW DOES IT WORK
SpaceView intends to place high-quality astronomical hardware and software at sites provided by amateur astronomers. State of the art hardware and relatively minor financial compensation may be provided in exchange for the shared telescope time, site security, and routine maintenance. This allows the SpaceView concept to significantly reduce deployment costs when compared to traditional optical space-surveillance facilities. Equally important, remote observing and the availability of the local SpaceView member for troubleshooting eliminates the need for any paid employees at the site, further decreasing operational costs.
HOW CAN I BECOME A PART OF SPACEVIEW
SpaceView is currently seeking information from all interested amateur astronomers. If you have not done so please visit the “sign up” page of this site. By providing your contact information and the answers to a few basic questions you will be helping us to begin the process of gathering the information we need to develop the network architecture concept more thoroughly. Once your information has been received by SpaceView you will most likely receive a link via email to a questionnaire requesting more detailed information regarding your astronomy background, observing habits, as well as other demographic information. This information will be used by SpaceView to determine the habits and needs of candidate network members. Without this information Spaceview cannot properly develop a time sharing and cost model to offer future members that will promote many years of happy observing by all parties.