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Two Brigham Young University professors are state-of-the-art for developing new technology which can significantly change deep space exploration in the future.

Dr. Brian Jeff and Dr. Karl Warnick both of them teach Computer and Electrical engineering department at BYU. For the past ten years, they have been helping to develop new technology for the Arecibo 
Telescope in Puerto Rico, which is one of the world's largest radio telescope. A radio telescope can inspect objects and events in deep space, which can not be seen with a light telescope.

Together with Brigham Young University and Cornell University researchers, the pair essentially developed prototypes for a soup antenna or a receiver, capable of converting radio signal's from deep space into images. At present, photos of deep space can take years to be processed.

The telescope takes pictures of deep space already, but this new tool will help in doing so quickly to survey large areas at one time. Jeff said that technology can have major implication's for the future of deep space exploration. 

The stacked array receiver will allow more pixels and higher resolution photographs of deep space, which will be processed very quickly.

The phased array feed will help in searching for extraterrestrial life and tracking pulsars, which are the remnants of dying stars.
At BYU, Jeff, Warnick, and researchers received 5.8 million Dollars as a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop this technology. They expect to complete this by 2023.

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