PLATO-A robotic observatory for the Antarctic plateau

M. C.B. Ashley, G. Allen, C. S. Bonner, S. G. Bradley, X. Cui, J. R. Everett, L. Feng, X. Gong, S. Hengst, J. Hu, Z. Jiang, C. A. Kulesa, J. S. Lawrence, Y. Li, D. M. Luong-Van, M. J. McCaughrean, A. M. Moore, C. Pennypacker, W. Qin, R. RiddleZ. Shang, J. W.V. Storey, B. Sun, N. Suntzeff, N. F.H. Tothill, T. Travouillon, C. K. Walker, L. Wang, J. Yan, H. Yang, J. Yang, D. G. York, X. Yuan, X. Zhang, Z. Zhang, X. Zhou, Z. Zhu

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Abstract

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 μ30 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-84
Number of pages6
JournalEAS Publications Series
Volume40
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Engineering(all)
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Ashley, M. C. B., Allen, G., Bonner, C. S., Bradley, S. G., Cui, X., Everett, J. R., Feng, L., Gong, X., Hengst, S., Hu, J., Jiang, Z., Kulesa, C. A., Lawrence, J. S., Li, Y., Luong-Van, D. M., McCaughrean, M. J., Moore, A. M., Pennypacker, C., Qin, W., ... Zhu, Z. (2010). PLATO-A robotic observatory for the Antarctic plateau. EAS Publications Series, 40, 79-84. https://doi.org/10.1051/eas/1040009