The New Space Telescope as an example of Euro-American cooperation
Published 5/11/2012 in David Barrado Author dbarrado
Just arrived from London from a one-day meeting of the MIRI consortium, I cannot avoid looking back with pride at our achievements, in this longer than 10 years challenge. The Mid-Infrared Instrument  (MIRI) is one of the four instruments which will fly on the James Webb   Space Telescope, the next big observatory NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency  (CSA) will put in orbit. This will happen in 2018, but a lot of work has to be done before then (the integration of the telescope and its instruments and additional verifications). These three organizations started to think... read more ❯

Back to the Cosmos
Published 5/1/2012 in David Barrado Author dbarrado
At least, to "Cosmic Diaries". First, thanks to Franck Marchis for all the hard work he has investing setting up the system again. And back to the Cosmos, since I have starting to do Science, after a lot of time immersed in bureaucratic and more technical work (a 6.5m telescope?). Last week we had  the Calar Alto Time Assigning Committee, which also took a lot of time (reading more than 100 proposals and try to really understand what the intent to do, and the relevance of the science in not an easy task). But this is over now. Now, real science. At least... read more ❯

¿Finally, science?
Published 4/18/2009 in David Barrado Author dbarrado
After a quite a hectic month, full of proposals and paperwork, I can go back to science. ¿Really? I had my last deadline last April 10th, for the Subaru telescope. It was also the Easter week, but I work everyday on this and finishing the first version of my next book. So, I thought I would be able to go back to do real science after this date. As usual, I was wrong. I have been busy with the justification of my annual budget for the JWST/MIRI (an instrument for the next space telescope) and with ideas for... read more ❯

Published 3/25/2009 in David Barrado Author dbarrado
I have never been in a submarine, but sometimes I have the feeling I have navigated inside deep waters during long weeks. The feeling persists and it is recurrent. Normally, it come back in March... Because is the month when, almost, everything happens... Deadline after deadline in order to get time at different observatories, new projects to get funding (from the regional government of Madrid, in this particular case), the annual justification of my research budget (with the central government), the preparation of workshops and meetings later on during this year. And, as usual, in my case, the JWST/MIRI. All these activities... read more ❯

RoPACS: Rocky Planets Around Cool Stars
Published 1/30/2009 in David Barrado Author dbarrado
RoPACS, one of the big collaborations I am involved, is a European network which has the goal of training PhD students in the field of the exoplanet search and characterization (by the way, we are opening 11 positions in several countries across Europe). The network is being coordinated by David Pinfield, from the Hertfordshire University. In order to achieve this aim, we are exploiting the WFCAM Transit survey, an ambitious project which has been granted several hundred nights at the UKIRT telescope over the next few years. We are monitoring a significant amount of M dwarfs in the... read more ❯