TAIPAN will conduct a stellar and galaxy survey of the Southern sky. The TAIPAN positioner is being developed as a prototype for the MANIFEST instrument on the GMT. The design for TAIPAN incorporates 150 optical fibres (with an upgrade path to 300) situated within independently controlled robotic positioners known as Starbugs. Starbugs allow precise parallel positioning of individual fibres, thus significantly reducing instrument configuration time and increasing the amount of observing time. Presented is an engineering overview of the UKST upgrade of the completely new Instrument Spider Assembly utilized to support the Starbug Fibre Positioning Robot and current status of the Starbug itself.
|Title of host publication||Advances in optical and mechanical technologies for telescopes and instrumentation II|
|Editors||Ramón Navarro, James H. Burge|
|Place of Publication||Bellingham, Washington|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II - Edinburgh, United Kingdom|
Duration: 26 Jun 2016 → 1 Jul 2016
|Name||Proceedings of SPIE|
|Other||Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II|
|Period||26/06/16 → 1/07/16|
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- Fibre positioning systems