AAS 197, January 2001
Session 15. Optical and IR: Small Telescopes, Instrumentation and Processing
Display, Monday, January 8, 2001, 9:30am-7:00pm, Exhibit Hall

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[15.02] High-Performance Wireless Internet Connection to Mount Laguna Observatory

P.B. Etzel (SDSU), H.-W. Braun (UCSD/SDSC)

A 45 Mbit/sec full-duplex wireless Internet backbone is now under construction that will connect SDSU's Mount Laguna Observatory (MLO) to the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), which is located on the campus of UCSD. The SDSU campus is connected to the SDSC via Abilene/OC3 (Internet2) at 155 Mbit/sec. The MLO-SDSC backbone is part of the High-Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN) project. Other scientific applications include earthquake monitoring from a remote array of automated seismic stations operated by researchers at the UCSD Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics, and environmental monitoring at Ecology field stations administered by SDSU. Educational initiatives include bringing the Internet to schools and educational centers at remote Indian reservations such as Pala and Rincon.

HPWREN will allow SDSU astronomers and their collaborators to transmit CCD images to their home institutions while observations are being made. Archive retrieval of images from on-campus data bases, for comparison purposes, could easily be done. SDSU desires to build a modern, large telescope at MLO. HPWREN would support both robotic and remote observing capabilities for such a telescope. Astronomers could observe at their home institutions with multiple workstations to feed command and control instructions, data, and slow-scan video, which would give them the "feel" of being in a control room next to the telescope.

HPWREN was funded by the NSF under grant ANI-0087344.

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