22 July 2016 TAIPAN instrument fibre positioner and Starbug robots: engineering overview
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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.
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Nicholas F. Staszak, Nicholas F. Staszak, Jon Lawrence, Jon Lawrence, David M. Brown, David M. Brown, Rebecca Brown, Rebecca Brown, Ross Zhelem, Ross Zhelem, Michael Goodwin, Michael Goodwin, Kyler Kuehn, Kyler Kuehn, Nuria P. F. Lorente, Nuria P. F. Lorente, Vijay Nichani, Vijay Nichani, Lew Waller, Lew Waller, Scott Case, Scott Case, Robert Content, Robert Content, Andrew M. Hopkins, Andrew M. Hopkins, Urs Klauser, Urs Klauser, Naveen Pai, Naveen Pai, Rolf Mueller, Rolf Mueller, Slavko Mali, Slavko Mali, Minh V. Vuong, Minh V. Vuong, } "TAIPAN instrument fibre positioner and Starbug robots: engineering overview", Proc. SPIE 9912, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II, 99121W (22 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233583; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2233583
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