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Applications of high-rate data logging to telescope system development and operations
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Paper Abstract

The Gemini Secondary Mirror Tip/tilt Systems (M2TS) have greatly benefited from the availability of software-based data logging-to-disk of internal variables at servo loop rates, enabling efficient testing and troubleshooting. Similar 'fast-logging-to-disk' systems are now being considered for other Gemini subsystems. We describe how this technique was successfully applied to the M2TS, solving intractable tuning problems; a forward look will show how extensive and fully integrated logging and diagnostic capabilities are at the heart of the new design for the M2TS-2. Designers of new and ever-larger and more complex telescope systems are challenged to consider the benefits of including such systems in their own designs at an early stage - and to consider the costs in terms of ease of performing diagnostics and loss of maintainability of not doing so.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7019, Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy II, 70190G (14 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790081
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher J. Carter, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Mathew J. Rippa, Gemini Observatory (United States)

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

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