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The Quick Reaction Camera Project

The Quick Reaction Camera Project

Eric J. Gaidos, G. R. Ricker, R. Vanderspeck, J. Villasenor
MIT Center for Space Research, Cambridge MA

The Quick Reaction Camera (QRC) project will install four 0.4 meter telescopes in a remotely-operated global network to provide ground-based follow-up observations to high-energy transient events detected by the High Energy Transient Experiment (HETE) satellite, due to be launched later this year. A large fraction of the telescope time will be devoted to so-called "background" science, including a proposed program to detect the photometric light curve features produced by planets partially eclipsing other stars. An analysis of the capabilities of the QRC network for photometric detection and a progress report are reported here.