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Research of remote control for Chinese Antarctica Telescope based on iridium satellite communication
Author(s): Lingzhe Xu; Shihai Yang
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Paper Abstract

Astronomers are ever dreaming of sites with best seeing on the Earth surface for celestial observation, and the Antarctica is one of a few such sites only left owing to the global air pollution. However, Antarctica region is largely unaccessible for human being due to lacking of fundamental living conditions, travel facilities and effective ways of communication. Worst of all, the popular internet source as a general way of communication scarcely exists there. Facing such a dilemma and as a solution remote control and data transmission for telescopes through iridium satellite communication has been put forward for the Chinese network Antarctic Schmidt Telescopes 3 (AST3), which is currently under all round research and development. This paper presents iridium satellite-based remote control application adapted to telescope control. The pioneer work in China involves hardware and software configuration utilizing techniques for reliable and secure communication, which is outlined in the paper too.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7740, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy, 77402L (19 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856227
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Lingzhe Xu, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (China)
Shihai Yang, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7740:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy
Nicole M. Radziwill; Alan Bridger, Editor(s)

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