Deployable payloads with starbug

Andrew McGrath, Roger Haynes

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We explore the range of wide field multi-object instrument concepts taking advantage of the unique capabilities of the Starbug focal plane positioning concept. Advances to familiar instrument concepts, such as fiber positioners and deployable fiber-fed IFUs, are discussed along with image relays and deployable active sensors. We conceive deployable payloads as components of systems more traditionally regarded as part of telescope systems rather than instruments - such as adaptive optics and ADCs. Also presented are some of the opportunities offered by the truly unique capabilities of Starbug, such as microtracking to apply intra-field distortion correction during the course of an observation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptomechanical Technologies for Astronomy
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventOptomechanical Technologies for Astronomy - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 24 May 200631 May 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume6273 I
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceOptomechanical Technologies for Astronomy
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Multi-object
  • Positioners
  • Robotics
  • Smart focal planes
  • Starbugs


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