22 July 2016 Unmanned aerial vehicles in astronomy
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In this work we discuss some options for using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for daylight alignment activities and maintenance of optical telescopes, relating them to a small numbers of parameters, and tracing which could be the schemes, requirements and benefits for employing them both at the stage of erection and maintenance. UAVs can easily reach the auto-collimation points of optical components of the next class of Extremely Large Telescopes. They can be equipped with tools for the measurement of the co-phasing, scattering, and reflectivity of segmented mirrors or environmental parameters like C2n and C2T to characterize the seeing during both the day and the night.
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Federico Biondi, Demetrio Magrin, Roberto Ragazzoni, Jacopo Farinato, Davide Greggio, Marco Dima, Marco Gullieuszik, Maria Bergomi, Elena Carolo, Luca Marafatto, Elisa Portaluri, "Unmanned aerial vehicles in astronomy", Proc. SPIE 9912, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II, 991210 (22 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232807; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2232807


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