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13 December 2002 Software development for the Hobby-Eberly Telescope's Segment Alignment Maintenance System using LabVIEW
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The software development for an upgrade to the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) was done in LabVIEW. In order to improve the performance of the HET at the McDonald Observatory, a closed-loop system had to be implemented to keep the mirror segments aligned during periods of observation. The control system, called the Segment Alignment Maintenance System (SAMS), utilized inductive sensors to measure the relative motions of the mirror segments. Software was developed in LabVIEW to tie the sensors, operator interface, and mirror-control motors together. Developing the software in LabVIEW allowed the system to be flexible, understandable, and able to be modified by the end users. Since LabVIEW is built using block diagrams, the software naturally followed the designed control system's block and flow diagrams, and individual software blocks could be easily verified. LabVIEW's many built-in display routines allowed easy visualization of diagnostic and health-monitoring data during testing. Also, since LabVIEW is a multi-platform software package, different programmers could develop the code remotely on various types of machines. LabVIEW's ease of use facilitated rapid prototyping and field-testing. There were some unanticipated difficulties in the software development, but the use of LabVIEW as the software "language" for the development of SAMS contributed to the overall success of the project.
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Drew Hall, William Ly, Richard T. Howard, John T. Weir, and John M. Rakoczy "Software development for the Hobby-Eberly Telescope's Segment Alignment Maintenance System using LabVIEW", Proc. SPIE 4848, Advanced Telescope and Instrumentation Control Software II, (13 December 2002);

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