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Staff Makes Bid to Privatize Observatory

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Science  03 Oct 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5335, pp. 29-30
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5335.29b

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CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM-- Earlier this year, the Royal Greenwich Observatory (RGO) seemed headed for oblivion when it lost out in a contest with the Royal Observatory Edinburgh to become Britain's single Astronomy Technology Centre. But RGO's staff has since come up with a business plan to transform the observatory into a private institution that would build small, robotically controlled telescopes for the international market. On 8 October, the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, which currently funds the two Royal Observatories, will decide whether to allow RGO to pursue this plan.