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Remote secure observing for the Faulkes Telescopes
Author(s): Robert J. Smith; Iain A. Steele; Jonathan M.H. Marchant; Stephen N. Fraser; Dorothea Mucke-Herzberg
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Paper Abstract

Since the Faulkes Telescopes are to be used by a wide variety of audiences, both powerful engineering level and simple graphical interfaces exist giving complete remote and robotic control of the telescope over the internet. Security is extremely important to protect the health of both humans and equipment. Data integrity must also be carefully guarded for images being delivered directly into the classroom. The adopted network architecture is described along with the variety of security and intrusion detection software. We use a combination of SSL, proxies, IPSec, and both Linux iptables and Cisco IOS firewalls to ensure only authenticated and safe commands are sent to the telescopes. With an eye to a possible future global network of robotic telescopes, the system implemented is capable of scaling linearly to any moderate (of order ten) number of telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5496, Advanced Software, Control, and Communication Systems for Astronomy, (15 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551488
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Robert J. Smith, Astrophysics Reserach Institute/Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Iain A. Steele, Astrophysics Research Institute/Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Jonathan M.H. Marchant, Astrophysics Research Institute/Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Stephen N. Fraser, Astrophysics Research Institute/Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Dorothea Mucke-Herzberg, Telescope Technologies Ltd. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5496:
Advanced Software, Control, and Communication Systems for Astronomy
Hilton Lewis; Gianni Raffi, Editor(s)

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