PLATO-a robotic observatory for the Antarctic plateau

Ashley, M. C. B. et al., 2010, EAS Publications Series, 40, 79 | View on ADS (2010EAS....40...79A) | Access via DOI


PLATO is a fully-robotic observatory designed for operation in Antarctica. It generates its own electricity (about 1 kW), heat (sufficient to keep two 10-foot shipping containers comfortably above 0^circC when the outside temperature is at -70^circC), and connects to the internet using the Iridium satellite system (providing 30 MB/day of data transfer). Following a successful first year of operation at Dome A during 2008, PLATO was upgraded with new instruments for 2009.

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