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SCAMP (the System for Capture of Asteroid and Meteorite Paths) is a network of all-sky digital cameras based in the UK

SCAMP meteor camera

SCAMP detects and records bright fireballs so any resulting meteorite can be found using triangulation and careful analysis.

Any meteorites recovered using SCAMP will be donated to the UK Natural History Museum or other UK museums or universities, along with all images and data recorded.

SCAMP is part of an international effort to recover meteorites that are seen to fall and to pair them with their pre-entry orbits. So, for example if a Martian meteorite falls (about 135 pieces of Mars have been found on Earth so far) and its calculated pre-entry orbit doesn’t cross the orbit of Mars, there’s some interesting science to do!

The SCAMP Network

The whole FRIPON network is shown below. SCAMP’s UK-based cameras are shown in grey. Each camera captures an image every ten minutes. To see the latest image from each camera, click on the grey marker and then click on the camera name, e.g. EastBarnet.

The cameras are identical to those used in the French FRIPON network and are being fully integrated with the FRIPON network.

What’s the difference between SCAMP, FRIPON and UKMON?

The FRIPON network of more than 100 all-sky digital cameras launched in France in 2016. SCAMP is the UK version of the FRIPON network. It uses the same cameras and software, and shares data with FRIPON.

UKMON uses very sensitive cameras that capture very faint meteors at night, whereas SCAMP/FRIPON is optimised for very bright meteors and will eventually operate during the day as well.

Hosting your own SCAMP Camera

You’re very welcome to join the SCAMP network. You’ll need to buy your own camera system (including a NUC computer) which we can source for you for about £1,750.Please contact us at the link below.

SCAMP cameras run unattended and fully automatically, as meteorite-dropping fireball events are rare. However, it’s your opportunity to be part of history when the next UK meteorite does fall.

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Every couple of months we send out a brief update on developments in the SCAMP network. We won’t provide your e-mail address to third parties.

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