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The simulation of the Antarctic Robotic Telescope model based on VC
Author(s): Wen Zhou; Hai Wang
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Paper Abstract

Thanks to the dry climate condition and high atmospheric transmittance, the Antarctic area becomes the ideal location for astronomy observatories. But the construction and operation of the astronomy telescopes in the Antarctic encounter many challenges due to the extremely cold weather. One of the most important themes of the astronomy arena is to research and develop the Robotic Telescope (RT) under extremely adverse environmental condition in the Antarctic area. This paper provides the basic concepts and components of the RT, indicating that the RT is an intelligence integrated control system consisting of telescope control system (TCS), environment control system (ECS), temperature control system (PCS) and building control system (BCS) and so on. The paper also presents a simulation model for the minim system of the RT, the TCS simulation model, on the basis of which the authors explore the feasibility of the RT in the Antarctic. The operations of the TCS are divided into several steps. This simulation model, encoded by MFC under Visual C++ 6.0, is developed to simulate the operation procedures of the TCS, including the initialization, self-check, calibration, open, focusing, observation, data-recording, data-preprocessing, closing, standby and other procedures. In the view of the features of no-man-on-duty, this paper particularly proposes the process of error-locating, errorcorrecting, error-recording under fault conditions. And the authors implement the watchdog to carry out this process automatically by the computer in case of failure. Through the simulation, the feasibility and security of the RT is proved effectively, thus providing important basis and reference for the smooth operation of the RT under extreme environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7654, 5th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Large Mirrors and Telescopes, 76540L (13 October 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.866970
Show Author Affiliations
Wen Zhou, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (China)
Graduate Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Hai Wang, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7654:
5th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Large Mirrors and Telescopes
Wenhan Jiang; Myung K. Cho; Fan Wu, Editor(s)

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