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Lucifer VR: a virtual instrument for the LBT
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Paper Abstract

Lucifer VR is a virtually realized instrument that was build in order to allow improved pre-integration software tests, training of observers as well as providing educational access. Beside testing the instrument hardware in combination with e.g. a telescope simulator, software tests need to be done. A virtual instrument closes the gap between regression tests and testing the control software with the integrated instrument. Lucifer VR allows much earlier tests and reduces the amount of time needed to combine the software with the hardware. By modeling the instrument in a simulator, motion times can be calculated very easily and the position of all instrument units can be traced. Especially when using complex mechanisms like a MOS unit a virtual instrument makes software development less time consuming. Lucifer VR consists of three parts; one for handling the communication, another to simulate the hardware and finally a part to visualize the whole instrument in three dimensions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6274, Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy, 62740M (27 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671279
Show Author Affiliations
Kai L. Polsterer, Ruhr-Univ. Bochum (Germany)
Marcus Jütte, Ruhr-Univ. Bochum (Germany)
Volker Knierim, Ruhr-Univ. Bochum (Germany)
Michael Lehmitz, Max-Planck Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Holger Mandel, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6274:
Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy
Hilton Lewis; Alan Bridger, Editor(s)

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