SASER©

SOLAR AMPLIFICATION by STIMULATED EMISSION RADIATION

(A Project of the Jupiter Space Station)

V. Project Management Plan and Timeline

The project will be managed by John D. Bernard (Principal Investigator) and R. Douglas Starwalt (RF Project Engineer) at the Jupiter Space Station. In a collaborative framework (with input from experts and Downlink Station candidates) they will define the entrance requirements for participation, the protocol for the experiment, the collection of data, the analysis of data, and the publication of data with all participants being properly credited for their individual contributions. When we publish a progress report or summary, then all active and contributing participants will be given equal credit. When we receive signals off the Sun, all active and contributing participants will be given equal credit.

The collaborative dialog will be primarily through the internet and actual face to face meetings may happen at a SETI League technical conference or an American Radio Astronomy Observers (ARAO) meeting or an Astronomical League meeting. Of course we plan to have conversations with experts at Arecibo and others such as NOAA or SEC or Air Force Weather Squadron personnel.

To facilitate communications the participants need to have an unlimited internet account. They will interface primarily through the SASER Home Page and Newsgroup on the JSS web site. We will meet face to face at meetings such as those hosted annually by other national astronomy organizations. We will publish progress on the project periodically through national meetings, journals, and the JSS web page:

                                                    www.jupiterspacestation.org

Downlink Station candidates will be required to fill out an application form (on the Web) and the selected participants will be required to fill out and return a notarized secrecy and non-disclosure agreement pertaining to the data ownership, data crediting, data publishing and Internet passwords. This is not intended to restrict individual Downlink Station participants from publishing papers and articles, but rather to protect the interests of all the participants. Publishing by individuals is encouraged; there will be simple publishing guidelines, and all published materials relating to this project must be approved by the JSS Principal Investigator, who will serve as a focal point for published reports regarding this project.

Figure 6 is a time line Gantt Chart to illustrate our planned progression.  We have tried several iterations of the project and as a result we are not yet on the schedule shown below; the 24' dish is scheduled on-line in October, 2003 and by Christmas we should be starting monitoring the product frequency of 2.0 - 2.5 GHz.

This project may cover a period of 32 - 36 months and will have distinct phases including a starting point and an ending point. The proposal stage is the production of a working document to outline what our goal is and how we are going to achieve it. Because of the need we have for collaborative support, the proposal will be distributed to scientific, amateur, and governmental organizations for review and then submitted to the Proposal Committee at Arecibo. Through the criteria determined in the proposal, five Downlink Stations and two alternates will be selected to participate in the SASER project. They will be given 6-12 months to equip their stations up to standards both computer-wise, software-wise, and radio-wise. Solar bounce practice runs should commence the third quarter of 2004 and continue through the winter of 2005. Progress reports will be periodic, and regardless of the outcome the final report will be then written and submitted to several journals and presented at scientific meetings. To facilitate communications the participants need to have an unlimited Internet account. They will interface primarily through the SASER Home Page and Newsgroup at the JSS web site.

The timeline plan shows that the actual solar bouncing activity starts in the winter of 2005. We are going to use the time in 2003 and 2004 to automate and test our systems and set up the Internet interface. Our expectations are that when we come up as a network for the conduct of the experiment that we will probably start off on weekends only (or the off work days of the participants) until the systems are fully automatic.

 



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