AAS 202nd Meeting, May 2003
Session 38 Robotic Astronomical Observatories
Topical Oral, Wednesday, May 28, 2003, 8:30-10:00am and 10:45am-12:30pm, 209/210

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[38.09] Running MONET and SALT with Remote Telescope Markup Language 3.0

F.V. Hessman (Universitäts-Sternwarte Göttingen), E. Romero (South African Astronomical Observatory)

Complex robotic and service observations in heterogenous networks of telescopes require a common telescopic lingua franca for the description and transport of observing requests and results. Building upon the experience gained within the Hands-On Universe (HOU) and advanced amateur communities with Remote Telescope Markup Language (RTML) Version 2.1 (http://sunra.lbl.gov/rtml), we have implemented a revised RTML syntax (Version 3.0) which is fully capable of

- running the two 1.2m MONET robotic telescopes for a very inhomogeneous clientel from 3 research institutions and high school classes all over the world;

- connecting MONET to the HOU telescope network;

- connecting MONET as a trigger to the 11m SALT telescope;

- providing all the objects needed to perform and document internet-based user support, ranging all the way from proposal submission and time-allocation to observation reports.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: hessman@uni-sw.gwdg.de

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