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Collaborative engineering and design management for the Hobby Eberly Telescope tracker upgrade
The engineering and design of systems as complex as the Hobby-Eberly Telescope's* new tracker require that multiple tasks be executed in parallel and overlapping efforts. When the design of individual subsystems is distributed ...
HETDEX tracker control system design and implementation
To enable the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment, The University of Texas at Austin Center for Electromechanics and McDonald Observatory developed a precision tracker and control system – an 18,000 kg robot to ...
An alternative architecture and control strategy for hexapod positioning systems to simplify structural design and improve accuracy
Hexapod systems (6 legged Stewart Platforms), offer advantages in accuracy over other positioning systems and are finding applications in numerous telescopes. However, instruments with increased sophistication for modern ...