19 July 2010 Research of remote control for Chinese Antarctica Telescope based on iridium satellite communication
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Astronomers are ever dreaming of sites with best seeing on the Earth surface for celestial observation, and the Antarctica is one of a few such sites only left owing to the global air pollution. However, Antarctica region is largely unaccessible for human being due to lacking of fundamental living conditions, travel facilities and effective ways of communication. Worst of all, the popular internet source as a general way of communication scarcely exists there. Facing such a dilemma and as a solution remote control and data transmission for telescopes through iridium satellite communication has been put forward for the Chinese network Antarctic Schmidt Telescopes 3 (AST3), which is currently under all round research and development. This paper presents iridium satellite-based remote control application adapted to telescope control. The pioneer work in China involves hardware and software configuration utilizing techniques for reliable and secure communication, which is outlined in the paper too.
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Lingzhe Xu, Shihai Yang, "Research of remote control for Chinese Antarctica Telescope based on iridium satellite communication", Proc. SPIE 7740, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy, 77402L (19 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856227; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.856227
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