An Instrument-Based Method to Search for
                        Extraterrestrial Interstellar Robotic Probes

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Journal of  the British Interplanetary Society,  Vol. 54, No. 1/2, pp. 2-13 (2001).


Technological advancements have allowed us to build robotic space probes to remotely explore the solar system. Interstellar robotic missions are under serious consideration. Advanced extant extraterrestrial civilizations within the galaxy, if they exist, are very likely exploring with robotic probes as well, some of which may have reached our solar system and taken an interest in life on Earth. Recent technological advances make it possible to conduct a scientific search for evidence of extraterrestrial interstellar robotic probes. Modern solid-state sensing devices and scientific instruments, combined with high-speed computer hardware, can be used in an effort to detect the physical presence of a probe. The SETV (Search for Extraterrestrial Visitation) model is new and an offspring of SETA (artifacts) and SETI. SETV includes the construction of passive autonomous data acquisition platforms using "commercial off-the-shelf" hardware, to collect reliable and unambiguous data on anomalous observational phenomena that may be ETI probes. The SETV hypothesis and experimental methods will be described. The SETV hypothesis can be experimentally tested and attempts to statistically reject a null hypothesis which states that ETI probes do not exist. SETV Pre and Post-detection protocols are necessary and will be examined. SETV is a timely, results-oriented, method worthy of serious consideration in our continuing desire to answer the question "Are we alone?"

Keywords: SETI, Interstellar robotic probes, SETV, SETA, COTS, Instruments, Sensors, Automated smart surveillance

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

  2. Autonomous ETI Probes and their missions

  3. The SETV Experiment
      Placement of an Experimental Platform
      Description of an Experimental Platform
      Related Observational Experiments, AOP and DATA Analysis
      SETV Protocols

  4. Conclusion

  5. Acknowledgements

  6. References

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