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Standard descriptions of the EXPReS project you can use in presentations, press releases, etc.

Boilerplate 1: one sentence long (yes, a long sentence)

Express Production Real-time e-VLBI Service (EXPReS) is a three-year project aimed at creating an astronomical instrument of continental and inter-continental dimensions using high-speed communication networks to connect some of the largest and most sensitive radio telescopes in the world.

Boilerplate 2: paragraph long description

Express Production Real-time e-VLBI Service (EXPReS) is a three-year project funded by the European Commission with the objective of creating a distributed astronomical instrument of continental and inter-continental dimensions. e-VLBI (electronic Very Long Baseline Interferometry) connects some of the largest and most sensitive radio telescopes on the planet using high-speed communication networks operating in real-time. EXPReS is comprised of 19 radio astronomy institutes and national research networks and is coordinated by the Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE).

Boilerplate 3: multi paragraph long description

Express Production Real-time e-VLBI Service (EXPReS) is pushing the boundaries of radio astronomy through the development of real-time, electronic Very Long Baseline Interferometry (e-VLBI).

e-VLBI is a technique by which widely separated radio telescopes observe the same region of sky simultaneously, and data from each telescope are sampled and sent to a central processor via high-speed communication networks operating in real-time. This central data processor, a purpose-built supercomputer, decodes, aligns and correlates the data for every possible pair of telescopes and can generate images of cosmic radio sources with up to one hundred times better resolution than images from the best optical telescopes.

EXPReS is developing e-VLBI to replace traditional VLBI's reliance on storing data on high-capacity disk arrays which are shipped to the correlator. It can take weeks for the data to arrive at the correlator, and there is a risk that the disks will be delayed, lost or even damaged en route. Electronic, real-time VLBI eliminates the excess cost, time and risk of shipping disks and provides astronomers with correlated data in a timely fashion, allowing them to exploit transient astronomical events called Targets of Opportunity.

EXPReS is a three-year project funded by the European Commission and comprised of 19 radio astronomy institutes and national research networks. It is coordinated by the Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE). More information is available at http://www.expres-eu.org.

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