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Unmanned aerial vehicles in astronomy
Author(s): Federico Biondi; Demetrio Magrin; Roberto Ragazzoni; Jacopo Farinato; Davide Greggio; Marco Dima; Marco Gullieuszik; Maria Bergomi; Elena Carolo; Luca Marafatto; Elisa Portaluri
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Paper Abstract

In this work we discuss some options for using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for daylight alignment activities and maintenance of optical telescopes, relating them to a small numbers of parameters, and tracing which could be the schemes, requirements and benefits for employing them both at the stage of erection and maintenance. UAVs can easily reach the auto-collimation points of optical components of the next class of Extremely Large Telescopes. They can be equipped with tools for the measurement of the co-phasing, scattering, and reflectivity of segmented mirrors or environmental parameters like C2n and C2T to characterize the seeing during both the day and the night.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2016
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9912, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II, 991210 (22 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232807
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Federico Biondi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Lab. Nazionale Ottiche Adattive (Italy)
Demetrio Magrin, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Lab. Nazionale Ottiche Adattive (Italy)
Roberto Ragazzoni, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Lab. Nazionale Ottiche Adattive (Italy)
Jacopo Farinato, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Lab. Nazionale Ottiche Adattive (Italy)
Davide Greggio, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Lab. Nazionale Ottiche Adattive (Italy)
Univ. di Padova (Italy)
Marco Dima, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Lab. Nazionale Ottiche Adattive (Italy)
Marco Gullieuszik, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Lab. Nazionale Ottiche Adattive (Italy)
Maria Bergomi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Lab. Nazionale Ottiche Adattive (Italy)
Elena Carolo, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Lab. Nazionale Ottiche Adattive (Italy)
Luca Marafatto, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Lab. Nazionale Ottiche Adattive (Italy)
Elisa Portaluri, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Lab. Nazionale Ottiche Adattive (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9912:
Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II
Ramón Navarro; James H. Burge, Editor(s)

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