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Running PILOT: operational challenges and plans for an Antarctic Observatory
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Paper Abstract

We highlight the operational challenges and planned solutions faced by an optical observatory taking advantage of the superior astronomical observing potential of the Antarctic plateau. Unique operational aspects of an Antarctic optical observatory arise from its remoteness, the polar environment and the unusual observing cycle afforded by long continuous periods of darkness and daylight. PILOT is planned to be run with remote observing via satellite communications, and must overcome both limited physical access and data transfer. Commissioning and lifetime operations must deal with extended logistics chains, continual wintertime darkness, extremely low temperatures and frost accumulation amidst other challenging issues considered in the PILOT operational plan, and discussed in this presentation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7016, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II, 70160G (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788825
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew McGrath, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Will Saunders, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Peter Gillingham, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
David Ward, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
John Storey, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Jon Lawrence, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Roger Haynes, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7016:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II
Roger J. Brissenden; David R. Silva, Editor(s)

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