||The FRIPON Project or Pride and Prejudice in Citizen Science
||521, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXVI
||Marmo, C.; Colas, F.; Bouley, S.; Vaubaillon, J.; Zanda, B.; Vernazza, P.; Gattacceca, J.; Rault, J.; Blanpain, C.; Caminade, S.; Lecubin, J.; Malgoyre, A.; Meyer, F.; Steinhausser, A.; Birlan, M.; Maquet, L.; Audureau, Y.; Kwon, M.
||FRIPON (Fireball Recovery and InterPlanetary Observation
Network is a French project aiming to monitor
the French skies 24 hours a day.
FRIPON will detect meteors in order to estimate their orbit outside the
atmosphere and to statistically determine possible parent bodies, as well as
their trajectory inside the atmosphere to discover possible meteorites
after the impact.
A network of one hundred low-cost all-sky cameras is being installed all over
France, coupled with radio receivers and spectroscopes.
FRIPON will exploit data from other networks (seismographs,
infrasound microbarometers) to increase chances of meteorite recovery and to
improve the understanding of its properties.
Data retrieving and analysis are automatized in order to minimize the time
elapsed between meteor detection and field prospection.
The project federates four research institutions although it is founded on the
participation of a number of research laboratories, and cultural
Astronomers, geologists and engineers work together with a rich and already
independently structured community of amateurs.
FRIPON is a project where openness and transparency must cooperate with
centralization and control, an example of the delicate balance between
outreach, unavoidable to inspire proud people's involvement, and technical needs
of scaling infrastructures aimed to produce valuable results.