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TAIPAN instrument fibre positioner and Starbug robots: engineering overview
Author(s): Nicholas F. Staszak; Jon Lawrence; David M. Brown; Rebecca Brown; Ross Zhelem; Michael Goodwin; Kyler Kuehn; Nuria P. F. Lorente; Vijay Nichani; Lew Waller; Scott Case; Robert Content; Andrew M. Hopkins; Urs Klauser; Naveen Pai; Rolf Mueller; Slavko Mali; Minh V. Vuong
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Paper Abstract

TAIPAN will conduct a stellar and galaxy survey of the Southern sky. The TAIPAN positioner is being developed as a prototype for the MANIFEST instrument on the GMT. The design for TAIPAN incorporates 150 optical fibres (with an upgrade path to 300) situated within independently controlled robotic positioners known as Starbugs. Starbugs allow precise parallel positioning of individual fibres, thus significantly reducing instrument configuration time and increasing the amount of observing time. Presented is an engineering overview of the UKST upgrade of the completely new Instrument Spider Assembly utilized to support the Starbug Fibre Positioning Robot and current status of the Starbug itself.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2016
PDF: 20 pages
Proc. SPIE 9912, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II, 99121W (22 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233583
Show Author Affiliations
Nicholas F. Staszak, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Jon Lawrence, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
David M. Brown, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Rebecca Brown, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Ross Zhelem, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Michael Goodwin, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Kyler Kuehn, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Nuria P. F. Lorente, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Vijay Nichani, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Lew Waller, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Scott Case, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Robert Content, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Andrew M. Hopkins, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Urs Klauser, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Naveen Pai, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Rolf Mueller, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Slavko Mali, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Minh V. Vuong, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)


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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