EAS Publications Series
Volume 40, 20103rd ARENA Conference: An Astronomical Observatory at CONCORDIA (Dome C, Antarctica)
|Page(s)||79 - 84|
|Published online||23 December 2009|
L. Spinoglio and N. Epchtein (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 40 (2010) 79-84
PLATO–a robotic observatory for the Antarctic plateau
School of Physics, University of New South Wales, NSW 2052, Australia
2 Solar Mobility Pty Ltd., Thornleigh, NSW 2120, Australia
3 Physics Department, University of Auckland, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
4 Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology, Nanjing 210042, China
5 Purple Mountain Observatory, Nanjing 210008, China
6 National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100012, China
7 Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
8 Department of Physics and Engineering, Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia
9 Anglo-Australian Observatory, NSW 1710, Australia
10 Polar Research Institute of China, Pudong, Shanghai 200136, China
11 School of Physics, University of Exeter, Exeter, EX4 4QL, UK
12 Caltech Optical Observatories, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
13 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
14 Thirty Meter Telescope Project, Pasadena, CA 91107, USA
15 Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300074, China
16 Physics Department, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
17 Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and The Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
PLATO is a fully-robotic observatory designed for operation in Antarctica. It generates its own electricity (about 1 kW), heat (sufficient to keep two 10-foot shipping containers comfortably above 0°C when the outside temperature is at -70°C), and connects to the internet using the Iridium satellite system (providing ~30 MB/day of data transfer). Following a successful first year of operation at Dome A during 2008, PLATO was upgraded with new instruments for 2009.
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