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OpenROCS: a software tool to control robotic observatories
Author(s): Josep Colomé; Josep Sanz; Francesc Vilardell; Ignasi Ribas; Pere Gil
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Paper Abstract

We present the Open Robotic Observatory Control System (OpenROCS), an open source software platform developed for the robotic control of telescopes. It acts as a software infrastructure that executes all the necessary processes to implement responses to the system events that appear in the routine and non-routine operations associated to data-flow and housekeeping control. The OpenROCS software design and implementation provides a high flexibility to be adapted to different observatory configurations and event-action specifications. It is based on an abstract model that is independent of the specific hardware or software and is highly configurable. Interfaces to the system components are defined in a simple manner to achieve this goal. We give a detailed description of the version 2.0 of this software, based on a modular architecture developed in PHP and XML configuration files, and using standard communication protocols to interface with applications for hardware monitoring and control, environment monitoring, scheduling of tasks, image processing and data quality control. We provide two examples of how it is used as the core element of the control system in two robotic observatories: the Joan Oró Telescope at the Montsec Astronomical Observatory (Catalonia, Spain) and the SuperWASP Qatar Telescope at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (Canary Islands, Spain).

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8451, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy II, 845127 (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926906
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Josep Colomé, ICE - Institut de Ciències de l'Espai, CSIC (Spain)
Josep Sanz, ICE - Institut de Ciències de l'Espai, CSIC (Spain)
Francesc Vilardell, ICE - Institut de Ciències de l'Espai, CSIC (Spain)
Ignasi Ribas, ICE - Institut de Ciències de l'Espai, CSIC (Spain)
Pere Gil, ICE - Institut de Ciències de l'Espai, CSIC (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8451:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy II
Nicole M. Radziwill; Gianluca Chiozzi, Editor(s)

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