EAS Publications Series
Volume 15, 2005Radio Astronomy from Karl Jansky to Microjansky – JENAM'03
|Page(s)||479 - 485|
|Published online||26 January 2006|
L.I. Gurvits, S. Frey and S. Rawlings (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 15 (2005) 479-485
Radio astronomy: The Next 70-Year Step
Special Astrophysical Observatory of
the Academy of Sciences of Russia, 369167, Nizhnij Arkhyz,
Some attempts to predict a very distant future of radio astronomy are presented. It is not easy to foresee a list of the first priority problems which may appear, but the potential of research facilities is more predictable. It is suggested that in addition to the “dedicated for radio astronomy” facilities, the instrumentation of radio astronomy may be extended greatly by integration with the next generation “standard living” facilities, integrated via People-to-People communications through global networks and by incorporating of the “natural facilities", such as gravitational lenses, maser amplification in the ISM etc. As an example of the extreme cases of the 109 m2 class of the new generation Radio Telescopes, utilization of the personal dipole-size communication facilitiy by a SKA-type instrument and an array formed by asteroids' first “Frehnel zones” will be mentioned. The latter radio astronomy tool together with optical facilities will be extremely useful in exploration of the z>10 Universe. The reality of all predictions depend mostly on the way the Civilization will prefer to develop: “ahead, to HOMO SAPIENCE” or “back, to PRIMATES”.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2005
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