Deep Space Exploration Society (DSES)

For more information about us, you can email us at information(at)dses.science.

For our latest activities, see our DSES Posts, and see the News & Announcements column at the right of the page.

You can read our information brochure.

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Dear DSES Members,
 
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and our desire to protect our members, our annual DSES Annual All Members Meeting that we had planned at this time, IS CANCELLED.  We are looking at ways to hold a virtual meeting with everyone in the future so watch for that.
 
In the meantime, we have counted the 2020 DSES Board of Directors Election ballots.  There were 19 ballots cast to our web email.  Of those ballots all unanimously voted for all four available nominees with no write-ins or other votes.
 
So, the newly elected or retained BOD members are:
 
Gary Agranat                    
Myron Babcock              
Bob Sayers                        
Bob Haggart                    
 
Please watch for future DSES Emails on officer assignments, annual report and virtual meetings.
 
Best Regards and Stay Well,
Bill Miller
DSES President

 

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Introduction

The Deep Space Exploration Society is a Colorado based nonprofit organization dedicated to practical astronomy and space science education for students, the general public, and society members.

Our major project is restoring and operating a 60-foot dish antenna for radio astronomy and amateur radio experimenting.  The site is located in Kiowa County, in Colorado. Since 2009 our volunteer members have been working hard to restore and modernize the antenna and its support facilities.  In addition we support radio astronomy and amateur radio projects with smaller antennas.  And we support educational outreach.

ASTRONOMY

We accomplished our first successful scientific measurements of galactic neutral hydrogen (HI) at 1.4 GHz in August 2016.  In 2018 we began undertaking systematic neutral hydrogen measurements of our Milky Way galaxy.  Highlights of our current astronomical work include:

  • Higher resolution mapping of the Milky Way using the 1420 MHz HI hydrogen radio spectral line. 
  • Detecting and measuring pulsars.
  • Using SpectraCyber and SDR receivers.
  • Publishing our work in  amateur radio astronomy journals. and participating in conferences.

A significant technical accomplishment is the development of computer-based control systems for accurately pointing the dish antenna to celestial coordinates.

We conduct other radio astronomy experiments, including:

  • Joint observations for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) with the 40-foot radio telescope dish antenna at the Greenbank Observatory in West Virginia
  • Radio science observations of Jupiter and its moon Io
  • Solar Wind Observations using the Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance Monitor (SID) at Very Low Frequencies (VLF)
  • Meteor Scatter

AMATEUR RADIO

Our Amateur Radio experimenting work includes:

  • Engineering design, building, and coding
  • EME Moon Bounce (planned)
  • Troposheric Scatter (planned)

OUTREACH

  • We host an Open House at our radio astronomy antenna site for the local communities each August, during the Perseid Meteor Shower.
  • We have been sponsoring prizes and participating as judges in the Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair since 2019.
  • We are developing our ability and are actively starting to support student projects.
  • We give presentations to interested local groups about our work.

Our Website

This is our site for sharing information about the science and engineering support at the Deep Space Exploration Society.

Our website is continuing to be developed.

  • We post news about our progress restoring and modernizing our radio telescope site. We are now operational, though much infrastructure  continues to be done.  All posts are placed in our DSES Posts section.
  • Our posts include updates about our science work.
    •  A dedicated section for Science Updates now exists.  As our science work progresses we may reorganize the Science sub-sections, to make search and access easier.
  • Announcements about our regularly scheduled monthly science and engineering meetings are posted in the Announcement and News section in the column at the right side of the website.  We post our other announcements there too, including of our educational events and regular dates for working at our radio telescope site.
  • Our Education Page currently has suggested links and some suggested reading.

Membership

Membership in DSES runs from the start of each calendar year.    Dues are $50 / year for voting members and $20 / year for non-voting members.

2020 Deep Space Exploration Society Membership Drive

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Last updated March 25, 2020.  (GCA – WA2JQZ)