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PLATO-R: a new concept for Antarctic science
Author(s): Michael C. B. Ashley; Yael Augarten; Colin S. Bonner; Michael G. Burton; Luke Bycroft; Jon S. Lawrence; Daniel M. Luong-Van; Scott McDaid; Campbell McLaren; Geoff Sims; John W. V. Storey
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Paper Abstract

PLATO-R is an autonomous, robotic observatory that can be deployed anywhere on the Antarctic plateau by Twin Otter aircraft. It provides heat, data acquisition, communications, and up to 1kW of electric power to support astronomical and other experiments throughout the year. PLATO-R was deployed in 2012 January to Ridge A, believed to be the site with the lowest precipitable water vapour (and hence the best atmospheric transmission at terahertz frequencies) on earth.1-4 PLATO-R improves upon previous PLATO designs that were built into ten-foot shipping containers by being much smaller and lighter, allowing it to be field-deployable within 2-3 days by a crew of four.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV, 84441R (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925514
Show Author Affiliations
Michael C. B. Ashley, The Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Yael Augarten, The Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Colin S. Bonner, The Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Michael G. Burton, The Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Luke Bycroft, The Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Jon S. Lawrence, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Daniel M. Luong-Van, The Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Scott McDaid, The Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Campbell McLaren, The Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Geoff Sims, The Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
John W. V. Storey, The Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8444:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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