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, Federico Biondi, Demetrio Magrin, Demetrio Magrin, Roberto Ragazzoni, Roberto Ragazzoni, Jacopo Farinato, Jacopo Farinato, Davide Greggio, Davide Greggio, Marco Dima, Marco Dima, Marco Gullieuszik, Marco Gullieuszik, Maria Bergomi, Maria Bergomi, Elena Carolo, Elena Carolo, Luca Marafatto, Luca Marafatto, Elisa Portaluri, 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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