Wednesday, July 31, 2013

1307.7892 (A. Biland et al.)

FACT: Towards Robotic Operation of an Imaging Air Cherenkov Telescope    [PDF]

A. Biland, H. Anderhub, M. Backes, V. Boccone, I. Braun, T. Bretz, J. Buss, F. Cadoux, V. Commichau, L. Djambazov, D. Dorner, S. Einecke, D. Eisenacher, A. Gendotti, O. Grimm, H. von Gunten, C. Haller, D. Hildebrand, U. Horisberger, B. Huber, K. -S. Kim, M. L. Knoetig, J. -H. Koehne, T. Kraehenbuehl, B. Krumm, M. Lee, E. Lorenz, W. Lustermann, E. Lyard, K. Mannheim, M. Meharga, K. Meier, T. Montaruli, D. Neise, F. Nessi-Tedaldi, A. -K. Overkemping, A. Paravac, F. Pauss, D. Renker, W. Rhode, M. Ribordy, U. Roeser, J. -P. Stucki, J. Schneider, T. Steinbring, F. Temme, J. Thaele, S. Tobler, G. Viertel, P. Vogler, R. Walter, K. Warda, Q. Weitzel, M. Zaenglein
The First G-APD Cherenkov Telescope (FACT) became operational at La Palma in October 2011. Since summer 2012, due to very smooth and stable operation, it is the first telescope of its kind that is routinely operated from remote, without the need for a data-taking crew on site. In addition, many standard tasks of operation are executed automatically without the need for manual interaction. Based on the experience gained so far, some alterations to improve the safety of the system are under development to allow robotic operation in the future. We present the setup and precautions used to implement remote operations and the experience gained so far, as well as the work towards robotic operation.
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