Previously, SCSU participated in several separate projects that allowed access via the Internet to optical and radio telescopes. Information on the current project, the Robotically Controlled Telescope can be found here.
SCSU partners with TSU as part of the Center for Automated Space Science (CASS) managed by TSU. The Fairborn Observatory in southern Arizona has been in operation for years. CASS is in the process of enhancing its capabilities with a 0.40-meter Automated Imaging Telescope and an 2-meter Automated Spectroscopic Telescope.
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College is partnering with SCSU to set up a 4-meter radio telescope on the grounds of OC Tech in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Students from both institutions will develop hardware and software solutions to automation with the end goal of a local, Internet-accessible radio telescope.
The University has been supported in its efforts by Dr. James Thieman, radio astronomer at the Goddard Space Flight Center and the Radio Jove Project Leader. He has worked with Brown to further enhance SCSU's participation and has made Brown one of only 13 national "Master Helpers" for Radio Jove. These individuals are responsible for providing assistance to others in the use of their equipment and interpretation of their data. Brown has also developed a training videotape which will used by teachers to orient themselves to the program and tie the subject matter to the national science standards.