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Using Robotic Operating System (ROS) to control autonomous observatories
Author(s): Francesc Vilardell; Gabriel Artigues; Josep Sanz; Álvaro García-Piquer; Josep Colomé; Ignasi Ribas
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Paper Abstract

Astronomical observatories are complex systems requiring the integration of numerous devices into a common platform. We are presenting here the firsts steps to integrate the popular Robotic Operating System (ROS) into the control of a fully autonomous observatory. The observatory is also equipped with a decision-making procedure that can automatically react to a changing environment (like weather events). The results obtained so far have shown that the automation of a small observatory can be greatly simplified when using ROS, as well as robust, with the implementation of our decision-making algorithms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9913, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV, 99132V (26 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232694
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Francesc Vilardell, Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (Spain)
Gabriel Artigues, Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (Spain)
Josep Sanz, Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (Spain)
Álvaro García-Piquer, Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (Spain)
Josep Colomé, Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (Spain)
Ignasi Ribas, Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (Spain)


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

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