More Interference

A few points to add about radio interference. The House of Commons Select committee report made mentions of radio interference in astronomy and said that they may look at the problem in a future inquiry. There are a few International Astronomical Union (IAU/UAI) commissions doing a good job fighting the corner of radio astronomers, despite the efforts of other groups. For instance Brian Robinson (1999) summarized the situation faced by the Inter-Union Commission for the Allocation of Frequencies for Radio Astronomy and Space Science (IUCAF):

"IUCAF members had to evolve from being starry-eyed astronomers as they encountered a world of politics, lobbying, entertainment, threats, espionage and bribery. On one occasion, an offer (in Geneva) of two million dollars in cash 'to shut up' proved no match for dedication to the joys and excitement of twentieth-century astrophysics."

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Saturday 25th Sep 2004 (23:31 UTC) | Permalink
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