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Integration of the instrument control electronics for the ESPRESSO spectrograph at ESO-VLT
Author(s): V. Baldini; G. Calderone; R. Cirami; I. Coretti; S. Cristiani; P. Di Marcantonio; D. Mégevand; M. Riva; P. Santin
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Paper Abstract

ESPRESSO, the Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanet and Stable Spectroscopic Observations of the ESO - Very Large Telescope site, is now in its integration phase. The large number of functions of this complex instrument are fully controlled by a Beckhoff PLC based control electronics architecture. Four small and one large cabinets host the main electronic parts to control all the sensors, motorized stages and other analogue and digital functions of ESPRESSO. The Instrument Control Electronics (ICE) is built following the latest ESO standards and requirements. Two main PLC CPUs are used and are programmed through the TwinCAT Beckhoff dedicated software. The assembly, integration and verification phase of ESPRESSO, due to its distributed nature and different geographical locations of the consortium partners, is quite challenging. After the preliminary assembling and test of the electronic components at the Astronomical Observatory of Trieste and the test of some electronics and software parts at ESO (Garching), the complete system for the control of the four Front End Unit (FEU) arms of ESPRESSO has been fully assembled and tested in Merate (Italy) at the beginning of 2016. After these first tests, the system will be located at the Geneva Observatory (Switzerland) until the Preliminary Acceptance Europe (PAE) and finally shipped to Chile for the commissioning. This paper describes the integration strategy of the ICE workpackage of ESPRESSO, the hardware and software tests that have been performed, with an overall view of the experience gained during these project’s phases.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9913, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV, 99132H (26 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231588
Show Author Affiliations
V. Baldini, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
G. Calderone, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
R. Cirami, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
I. Coretti, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
S. Cristiani, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
P. Di Marcantonio, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
D. Mégevand, Observatoire de Genève (Switzerland)
M. Riva, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
P. Santin, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9913:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV
Gianluca Chiozzi; Juan C. Guzman, Editor(s)

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