This rendering is a preview of the two-camera enclosure. Two cameras are required per filed-of-view at each site and this modular and scalable system houses both the cameras in addition to the electronics required to manage, process and store data for them. Its “eyes” are half closed for the reason that extra shutters which protect the optics from direct sunlight are shown halfway during the opening process.
The electrical system was built and tested. Structural parts that can not be 3D printed are being sent for fabrication, that is some of the longer aspects of the production schedule. Exact cross-site field-of-view alignment models was built. We’re currently targeting the top of February to deploy the primary cameras, and we’ll update you all on that schedule because it develops–and we’ll attempt to continue to share pictures in each update so that you can literally see the instrument come to life!
For everyone to supported the Laser SETI crowdfunding campaign earlier this year, the perks are on their way! Its way to our generous backers that Laser SETI is in a position to move forward. Theres so much excitement about Laser SETI, both here on the SETI Institute in addition to out on the earth. In case you or someone you recognize been inspired by Laser SETI, or the quest for another form of techno-signature? We’ve heard such wonderful, supportive messages from wide and much that we would have liked to share them with others! You probably have a haiku, painting, burnt toast harking back to our camera, or simply a sentence or two you need to share, please tweet it to @SETIInstitute or share it #LaserSETI.
Thanks again for all of your support and happy holidays to all Earthlings who celebrate them!