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The Allen Telescope Array (ATA-42), October 11, 2007
|Organization||SETI Institute & Radio Astronomy Laboratory|
|Location||Hat Creek Radio Observatory|
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 radio astronomy observations. At the same time, it is also used for the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
To start, 42 antennas (ATA-42) were put to work on 11 October 2007. However, a lack of money stopped operations in April 2011. In August 2011, ATA got short-term funding.
In August 2014, the installation was threatened by a forest fire in the area and was briefly forced to shut down, but ultimately emerged largely unscathed.
As of 2016, the SETI Institute performs observations with the ATA between the hours of 6 pm and 6 am daily.
The ATA aspires to be among the world's largest and fastest observing instruments, and to permit astronomers to search many different target stars at the same time. When completed it will be one of the largest and most powerful telescopes in the world.
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