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Goals and strategies in the global control design of the OAJ Robotic Observatory
Author(s): A. Yanes-Díaz; S. Rueda-Teruel; J. L. Antón; F. Rueda-Teruel; M. Moles; A. J. Cenarro; A. Marín-Franch; A. Ederoclite; N. Gruel; J. Varela; D. Cristóbal-Hornillos; S. Chueca; M. C. Díaz-Martín; L. Guillén; R. Luis-Simoes; N. Maícas; J. L. Lamadrid; A. López-Sainz; J. Hernández-Fuertes; L. Valdivielso; C. Mendes de Oliveira; P. Penteado; W. Schoenell; A. Kanaan
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Paper Abstract

There are many ways to solve the challenging problem of making a high performance robotic observatory from scratch. The Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (OAJ) is a new astronomical facility located in the Sierra de Javalambre (Teruel, Spain) whose primary role will be to conduct all-sky astronomical surveys. The OAJ control system has been designed from a global point of view including astronomical subsystems as well as infrastructures and other facilities. Three main factors have been considered in the design of a global control system for the robotic OAJ: quality, reliability and efficiency. We propose CIA (Control Integrated Architecture) design and OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) as a key performance indicator in order to improve operation processes, minimizing resources and obtaining high cost reduction whilst maintaining quality requirements. The OAJ subsystems considered for the control integrated architecture are the following: two wide-field telescopes and their instrumentation, active optics subsystems, facilities for sky quality monitoring (seeing, extinction, sky background, sky brightness, cloud distribution, meteorological station), domes and several infrastructure facilities such as water supply, glycol water, water treatment plant, air conditioning, compressed air, LN2 plant, illumination, surveillance, access control, fire suppression, electrical generators, electrical distribution, electrical consumption, communication network, Uninterruptible Power Supply and two main control rooms, one at the OAJ and the other remotely located in Teruel, 40km from the observatory, connected through a microwave radio-link. This paper presents the OAJ strategy in control design to achieve maximum quality efficiency for the observatory processes and operations, giving practical examples of our approach.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8448, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV, 84481B (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925665
Show Author Affiliations
A. Yanes-Díaz, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
S. Rueda-Teruel, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
J. L. Antón, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
F. Rueda-Teruel, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
M. Moles, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
A. J. Cenarro, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
A. Marín-Franch, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
A. Ederoclite, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
N. Gruel, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
J. Varela, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
D. Cristóbal-Hornillos, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
S. Chueca, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
M. C. Díaz-Martín, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
L. Guillén, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
R. Luis-Simoes, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
N. Maícas, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
J. L. Lamadrid, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
A. López-Sainz, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
J. Hernández-Fuertes, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
L. Valdivielso, Ctr. de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (Spain)
C. Mendes de Oliveira, Univ. de São Paulo (Brazil)
P. Penteado, Univ. de São Paulo (Brazil)
W. Schoenell, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía-CSIC (Spain)
A. Kanaan, Univ. Federal de Santa Catarina Florianopolis (Brazil)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8448:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Fernando Comeron, Editor(s)

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