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February 19, 2023

HPWREN 2021 - 2022 Accomplishments

This is a summary of the HPWREN 2021 and 2022 accomplishments. The impact of the 2020 Covid outbreak continued to be felt throughout 2021, while all but diminishing during 2022. Despite related challenges, HPWREN continued to make good progress, including increased bandwidth and network reach, as well as updated technologies. HPWREN accomplishments during this period, in addition to ongoing routine maintenance and repair of infrastructure, included the build out of new camera and network backbone sites with new Ubiquiti and Siae radio equipment, expansions beyond San Diego County into Orange and Riverside counties, and major upgrades to our networking and storage infrastructure. This ultimately culminated in the adoption of AWS cloud storage services.

August 6, 2023

HPWREN adds Saddleback Community College as backup CENIC network path

An additional backup path to CENIC for the HPWREN network has been completed in Orange County. We have signed a cooperative agreement with Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo to use its campus as another off-ramp to the CENIC network from our multi-regional wireless network.

November 22, 2023

Palomar Observatory receives data via laser beam from far beyond the Moon

A few weeks ago, NASA's Psyche spacecraft was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. This mission has enabled a new milestone at the Palomar Observatory, where its large 5-meter single-mirror telescope is now able to receive data streams via a laser beam from space. This advanced communication method is transmitting information from a distance well beyond the Moon, marking a significant advancement in deep space data transmission.

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