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. Riddle & 17 others Z. 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
Pages (from-to)79-84
Number of pages6
JournalEAS Publications Series
Volume40
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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