Rohan Murty invests $1 million in robotic astronomy project

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Rohan Murty, son of Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy, is backing a one of-a-kind robotic astronomy project, which can robotically help execute complex astronomical tasks and was previously housed at the California Institute of Technology, better known as Caltech.

Murty and his family is providing $ 1 million to help run and operate the autonomous robotic system, which is now being moved to the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, where it will help a 2.1-meter telescope make new discoveries.

Billed as the “world’s only robotic laser adaptive optics system” which basically allows it to erase a typical blurring effect created by the atmosphere and enables space observers to view the solar system more clearly, the Robo-AO project was co-developed about three years ago by the Caltech Optical Observatories and the the Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) in Pune.

“Automating the discovery of the universe impacts one of mankind’s oldest activities: to look up at the heavens and wonder about our place in the universe,” said Murty.
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