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Are Large Telescope Observatories Scalable?

by Emma Cox (writer), , October 11, 2015

Steve Joung of Business.com wrote that business ventures that are too expensive to build and maintain may not even survive a “Shark Tank” environment.

The Hubble Space Telescope recently debuted new, detailed images of the Veil Nebula. The remains of the massive supernova, located in the constellation Cygnus which is 2,100 light-years away, was a wispy-colored skein of gas and dust.

“The bluish features, outlining the cavity wall, appear smooth and arched in comparison to the fluffy green and red structures. The red glow is from cooler gas that was excited by the shock collision at an earlier time and has subsequently diffused into a more chaotic structure,” NASA said.

Since 1990, the Hubble telescope has made many discoveries such as the Veil Nebula. However, the 2.5 billion-dollar telescope facility had given scientists and investors a scare after it was launched into space for positioning. In 1993, the media initially declared it a billion-dollar failure when it was discovered that the primary mirror used to capture the image was out of focus, according to Space.com.

NASA will not be making any servicing on the decades-old facility but instead is preparing to replace it with the James Webb telescope. The agency said that the telescope facility will have an assumed life-cycle-cost of around 8.7 billion dollars, which is a 2.2 billion-dollar increase from a 2010 independent panel review. The cost of the telescope was initially pegged at 5 billion dollars.

Scalable Investment?

Steve Joung of Business.com wrote that business ventures that are too expensive to build and maintain may not even survive a “Shark Tank” environment. He explains, “Scalability is what makes a business, in the simplest terms, big, and which typically means greater revenue streams; combine this with efficiencies created by economies of scale, and therefore lower costs, and you have a recipe for a profitable business with strong growth potential.”

Although large telescopes present solutions to problems, they can be a real headache for the people or entities funding them. Larry Stepp, Larry Daggert, and Paul Gillett of the AURA New Initiatives Office in Tucson wrote in a paper that the key to the success of a telescope observatory is the facility management’s ability to control construction and operation costs and that the value of future discoveries justifies the cost.

But how do you determine if the future discoveries are worth the investment? It makes sense to bet on the life-alternating results that future discoveries made by telescope observatories will have.

When Dr. Ruggero Maria Santilli detected the presence of antimatter galaxies using his own Santilli telescope with concave lenses, scientists such as Professor Svetlin Georgiev of Sorbonne University in Paris highlighted the impact of his discovery with regards to anticipating future disasters from incoming celestial bodies.

“Since antimatter asteroids are not predicted by Einstein theories, they are ignored by the academic community. However, our Earth has been devastated in the past by antimatter asteroids, such as the famous 1908 Tunguska explosion in Siberia, with resulting paralysis for days of all civilian, industrial and military communications because the annihilation of antimatter in our atmosphere produce extremely intense electromagnetic radiations that excite all atoms and molecules in our atmosphere, by therefore prohibiting any communication,” Georgiev said.

Thunder Energies Corporation (OTCQB: TNRG), where Santilli also serves as Chief Scientist, has invested in the telescope by executing its plans to manufacture, promote, sell, and service his telescope, along with the company’s other cutting-edge technologies.

Historically, large telescope observatories had been getting a lot of flak way before its execution. The Hubble also earned some frowns before because of the costs involved in launching and operating it, but when it was finished and had delivered fantastic results, there is no lingering doubt as to how telescopes can contribute to society.



About the Writer

Emma is a fan of spoken-word content and has a rich collection of spirits on her shelves. She’s also interested in the mining industry, as she believes that the most interesting things are not easily had, but one has to mine them.
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