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TALON: the telescope alert operation network system: intelligent linking of distributed autonomous robotic telescopes
Author(s): Robert R. White; James Wren; Heath R. Davis; Mark Galassi; Daniel Starr; W. Thomas Vestrand; P. Wozniak
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Paper Abstract

The internet has brought about great change in the astronomical community, but this interconnectivity is just starting to be exploited for use in instrumentation. Utilizing the internet for communicating between distributed astronomical systems is still in its infancy, but it already shows great potential. Here we present an example of a distributed network of telescopes that performs more efficiently in synchronous operation than as individual instruments. RAPid Telescopes for Optical Response (RAPTOR) is a system of telescopes at LANL that has intelligent intercommunication, combined with wide-field optics, temporal monitoring software, and deep-field follow-up capability all working in closed-loop real-time operation. The Telescope ALert Operations Network (TALON) is a network server that allows intercommunication of alert triggers from external and internal resources and controls the distribution of these to each of the telescopes on the network. TALON is designed to grow, allowing any number of telescopes to be linked together and communicate. Coupled with an intelligent alert client at each telescope, it can analyze and respond to each distributed TALON alert based on the telescopes needs and schedule.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5496, Advanced Software, Control, and Communication Systems for Astronomy, (15 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.549438
Show Author Affiliations
Robert R. White, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
James Wren, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Heath R. Davis, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Mark Galassi, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Daniel Starr, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
W. Thomas Vestrand, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
P. Wozniak, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5496:
Advanced Software, Control, and Communication Systems for Astronomy
Hilton Lewis; Gianni Raffi, Editor(s)

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