The AASTINO (Automated Astrophysical Site Testing INternational Observatory) is a remote laboratory that has been operating at Dome C station on the Antarctic plateau since January 2003. It is designed to run throughout the Antarctic winter without intervention, and to collect data on the astronomical qualities of the site. A Stirling engine and a pair of solar panels power the observatory. Command, control and communication is via the Iridium satellite network. A supervisor computer system controls all aspects of engine and power source management, communications, instrument control, and data collection. The AASTINO system is designed with the capability to run completely autonomously in the event of communications failure.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
- Antarctic astronomy
- Automated control systems
- Remote power systems
- Stirling engine