Robo-AO is the first astronomical laser guide star adaptive optics (AO) system designed to operate completely independent of human supervision. A single computer commands the AO system, the laser guide star, visible and near-infrared science cameras (which double as tip-tip sensors), the telescope, and other instrument functions. Autonomous startup and shutdown sequences as well as concatenated visible observations were demonstrated in late 2011. The fully robotic software is currently operating during a month long demonstration of Robo- AO at the Palomar Observatory 60-inch telescope.
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Reed L. Riddle ; Mahesh P. Burse ; Nicholas M. Law ; Shriharsh P. Tendulkar ; Christoph Baranec, et al.
The Robo-AO software: fully autonomous operation of a laser guide star adaptive optics and science system
", Proc. SPIE 8447, Adaptive Optics Systems III, 84472O (September 13, 2012); doi:10.1117/12.925475; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.925475