LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., November 16, 1996 -- At its Annual Meeting in Tucson last week, the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), world leaders in the design, development, construction and launch of experimental communications satellites, approved a request from The SETI League, Inc., leaders in the scientific Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, for the two organizations to establish mutual affiliation. Each of the non-profit educational and scientific organizations will become a Member Society of the other, according to a plan endorsed today by The SETI League's board of trustees.
"AMSAT and The SETI League have a common purpose," notes AMSAT executive vice- president Keith Baker, "in involving the world's radio amateurs in exploration, research and development. AMSAT members are primarily communicators, using our satellites to make our world a little smaller. The SETI League seeks to communicate across the gulf of interstellar space. Perhaps we can help them to achieve their goal."
"The benefit will initially be mostly ours," admits SETI League executive director Dr. H. Paul Shuch. "With their 7,000 members to our 400, to think otherwise would be a bit of the tail wagging the dog." Nevertheless, Shuch hopes his much younger organization can make technical contributions in the area of microwave communications, to further AMSAT's mission.
SETI scientists seek to determine through microwave and optical measurements whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have been attempting to privatize the research. Experimenters interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, or citizens wishing to help support it, should email to join_at_setileague_dot_org, check the SETI League Web site at http://www.setileague.org/, send a fax to +1 (201) 641-1771, or contact The SETI League, Inc. membership hotline at +1 (800) TAU-SETI. Be sure to provide us with a postal address to which we will mail further information. The SETI League, Inc. is a membership-supported, non-profit [501(c)(3)], educational and scientific corporation dedicated to the electromagnetic Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.
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