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The RTS2 protocol
Author(s): Petr Kubánek; Martin Jelínek; John French; Michal Prouza; Stanislav Vítek; Alberto J. Castro-Tirado; Victor Reglero
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Paper Abstract

Remote Telescope System 2nd version (RTS2) is an open source project aimed at developing a software environment to control a fully robotic observatory. RTS2 consists of various components, which communicate via an ASCII based protocol. As the protocol was from the beginning designed as an observatory control system, it provides some unique features, which are hard to find in the other communication systems. These features include advanced synchronisation mechanisms and strategies for setting variables. This presentation describes the protocol and its unique features. It also assesses protocol performance, and provides examples how the RTS2 library can be used to quickly build an observatory control system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7019, Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy II, 70192S (21 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788623
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Petr Kubánek, GACE, Univ. de Valencia (Spain)
Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC (Spain)
Martin Jelínek, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC (Spain)
John French, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Michal Prouza, Fyzikální ústav Akademie Ved (Institute of Physics) (Czech Republic)
Stanislav Vítek, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC (Spain)
Alberto J. Castro-Tirado, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC (Spain)
Victor Reglero, GACE, Univ. de Valencia (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7019:
Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy II
Alan Bridger; Nicole M. Radziwill, Editor(s)

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