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Turning a remotely controllable observatory into a fully autonomous system
Author(s): Scott Swindell; Chris Johnson; Paul Gabor; Grzegorz Zareba; Petr Kubánek; Michael Prouza
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Paper Abstract

We describe a complex process needed to turn an existing, old, operational observatory - The Steward Observatory’s 61” Kuiper Telescope - into a fully autonomous system, which observers without an observer. For this purpose, we employed RTS2,1 an open sourced, Linux based observatory control system, together with other open sourced programs and tools (GNU compilers, Python language for scripting, JQuery UI for Web user interface). This presentation provides a guide with time estimates needed for a newcomers to the field to handle such challenging tasks, as fully autonomous observatory operations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 August 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9149, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V, 914921 (7 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2062887
Show Author Affiliations
Scott Swindell, Steward Observatory, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Chris Johnson, Steward Observatory, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Paul Gabor, Steward Observatory, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Vatican Observatory (United States)
Grzegorz Zareba, Steward Observatory, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Petr Kubánek, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Michael Prouza, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9149:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V
Alison B. Peck; Chris R. Benn; Robert L. Seaman, Editor(s)

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