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.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||EAS Publications Series|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|