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Workshop on SPS Effects on Optical and Radio Astronomy

  • Release year: 1980
  • Pages: 272

Coordinating Organizations:

  • American Astronomical Society
  • Arecibo Observatory
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Institute For Telecommunication Sciences
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory - NASA
  • Lick Observatory Uc
  • Massachusetts Institute Of Technology
  • National Air and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation
  • Owens Valley Radio Astronomy
  • Pacific Northwest Laboratory
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Princeton University
  • University Of Illinois
  • University Of Maryland
  • University Of Washington
  • US Department Of Energy
  • Very Large Array Project
  • Yerkes Observatory U Chicago


G D Arndt, B Balick, N F Barr, P Boyce, B F Burke, K C Clark, M Davis, N F deGroot, R M Dickenson, P A Ekstron, W C Erickson, S M Faber, J S Gallagher, W B Grant, E J Groth, J P Hagen, D A Harper, W E Howard, A T Moffett, Robert O Piland, G M Stokes, R A Stokes, G W Swenson, A R Thompson, Anthony R Valentino


Shortly after Starlink started launching reports began noting that observable resonances can be far below the transmission frequencies and that's a bit of a problem for Astronomers. But... too late... that bird has flown. In 1980, for SPS, a system that could provide real-life benefits beyond cat videos and tiktok, the potential issues to The Oldest Natural Science were brought to the table prior to even a working demonstration system. As they should have been. If energy, worldwide, on-demand, is an existential requirement then perhaps Astronomy would have to take a hit for the good of the many (though proponents of SPS believe that infrastructure for SPS would likely make Lunar observatories more accessible). How big of a potential hit? Read on.

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