Clients and Projects

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TANGO control system for In-Vacuum Undulator
Observatory Sciences has completed its first major project based on TANGO software.
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Commissioning on an Indian Island
Observatory Sciences consultants Chris Mayer and Alan Greer spent January 2013 at the site commissioning the telescope control system for the Multi-Application Solar Telescope (MAST) located in Rajasthan, India.
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Cost-effective solution for telescope control
Reduced costs and accelerated development are key benefits of using commercial-off-the-shelf software for telescope control.
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Observatorio Astrofisico de Javalambre T250 Telescope Control
Observatory Sciences is contracted to provide the control system for a 2.5m wide-field survey telescope based in Spain. The T250 telescope is being built by AMOS in Belgium for the OAJ (Observatorio Astrofisico de Javalambre).
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EPICS Training for ITER
Summer 2009 saw Observatory Sciences consultants delivering EPICS training to the CODAC (COntrol, Data Access and Communication) Group at ITER in Southern France.
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Hobby-Eberly Telescope Software Study
A software study for the upgrade of controls for the Hobby-Eberly telescope by consultants from Observatory Sciences is part of a project to help our understanding of the evolution of dark energy.
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Discovery Channel Telescope control
The facilities and infrastructure for the Discovery Channel Telescope at a new site in Arizona, USA, are due for completion in 2011, with telescope control software written by Observatory Sciences Ltd.
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US National Solar Observatory: Design of telescope control system for Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST)
An Observatory Sciences / Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory team is designing the telescope control system. The work covers both the control and pointing of the main telescope plus the coordination of all the telescope subsystems.
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National Maritime Museum: provision of new position encoders and control software for Royal Observatory Greenwich historic telescope
Observatory Sciences provided new position encoders for the telescope, along with bespoke software, thus providing easy monitoring of the telescope's position via a computer monitor.
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Isaac Newton Group, La Palma: Upgrading adaptive optics (NAOMI) software
Observatory Sciences carried out an initial study and then performed the upgrade of the NAOMI software, including commissioning at the telescope.
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Isaac Newton Group, La Palma: migration of legacy control systems to Unix-based systems
Observatory Sciences developed networked, cross-platform software as part of a new data acquisition system to enable data acquired from the existing VAX control systems to be incorporated in the data files of the new system.
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University College London: development, testing and commissioning of software for the Gemini High Resolution Optical Spectrograph (bHROS)
Observatory Sciences provided software effort for production, testing and commissioning of the bHROS software.
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UK Astronomy Technology Centre: Design, development and implementation of VISTA telescope's primary mirror (M1) control system software
Observatory Sciences is designing, developing and implementing the software to adjust the position and shape of the VISTA telescope’s primary (M1) mirror.
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UK Astronomy Technology Centre: Development and commissioning of high-level control software for Gemini Observatory Calibration Unit (GCAL)
Observatory Sciences was responsible for all aspects of the production of the high-level control software for the Calibration Units for each of the Gemini telescopes based in Hawaii and Chile.
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UK Astronomy Technology Centre: development of Instrument Sequencer software for Gemini Multiple Object Spectrographs
We worked closely with the UK ATC team producing control software for the Gemini Multiple Object Spectrograph.
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Gemini Observatory: Design and production of Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics (MCAO) software including Beam Transfer Optics
The adaptive optics system (Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics, MCAO) is a new capability being developed for Gemini North and South. It is a major new instrument that will provide significant advances in overcoming the problems of atmospheric turbulence. Observatory Sciences is involved in both the design and the production of the software for this system.
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Gemini Observatory Telescope Control System (TCS) further software development, implementation and support
Observatory Sciences has an on-going contract to provide software consultancy and support to the Gemini Observatory.
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Gemini Observatory: Design and development of Telescope Control System (TCS) sub-system interfaces
As designers and developers of the main Telescope Control System software, our personnel had the in-depth knowledge and experience of the TCS as well as relevant expertise to develop these interfaces.
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Gemini Observatory: Design and development of the Telescope Control System (TCS)
The Gemini Observatory is an international $180m project, operating twin 8.1 metre reflecting telescopes, one sited in Hawaii and the other in Chile, which together provide complete sky coverage. With overall responsibility for management of the project, we designed and developed the software which controls the telescopes.
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Diamond Synchrotron
The Diamond Light Source synchrotron is now in full operation, but the work of Observatory Sciences consultants Andy Foster and Alan Greer goes on, commissioning further beamlines at the impressive scientific facility - the largest to be built in the UK for over 30 years.
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Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer (MROI) control
Observatory Sciences is producing the software to control an array of telescopes being built on Magdalena Ridge, New Mexico which will provide ultra high resolution astronomical images.
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ARIES and MAST Telescope Control
Observatory Sciences has begun development work on the control system software for two new telescopes which will be based in India, providing world class observing facilities in the country for ground-based optical astronomy.
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Gemini Multi Conjugate Adaptive Optics (MCAO)
Observatory Sciences consultants have spanned four continents working on the cutting-edge technology of a new Adaptive Optics system for the Gemini Observatory.
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Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)
Observatory Sciences has completed the design study for the Observatory Control System for the innovative new Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which is set to redefine the expectations of astronomers and scientists for observational data.
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Australian Synchrotron XAS Beamline
Consultants from Observatory Sciences assist Accel Instruments with beamline software for the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne.
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Software Study for European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT)
Observatory Sciences has undertaken a study, under contract to the European Southern Observatory, to review software options for the controls of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).
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6th September 2017
OSL attending ICALEPCS 2017 in Barcelona
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8th August 2017
New OSL Newsletter 2017 now available
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1st August 2017
New Observatory Sciences office in Scotland
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