PLATOa robotic observatory for the Antarctic plateau Academic Article uri icon


  • PLATO is a fully-robotic observatory designed for operation in Antarctica. It generates its own electricity (about 1 kW), heat (sufficient to keep two 10-foot shipping containers comfortably above 0C when the outside temperature is at -70C, and connects to the internet using the Iridium satellite system (providing 30 MB/day of data transfer). Following a successful first year of operation at Dome A during 2008, PLATO was upgraded with new instruments for 2009. 2010 EAS, EDP Sciences.

published proceedings

  • EAS Publications Series

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Ashley, M., Allen, G., Bonner, C. S., Bradley, S. G., Cui, X., Everett, J. R., ... Zhu, Z.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Ashley, MCB||Allen, G||Bonner, CS||Bradley, SG||Cui, X||Everett, JR||Feng, L||Gong, X||Hengst, S||Hu, J||Jiang, Z||Kulesa, CA||Lawrence, JS||Li, Y||Luong-Van, DM||McCaughrean, MJ||Moore, AM||Pennypacker, C||Qin, W||Riddle, R||Shang, Z||Storey, JWV||Sun, B||Suntzeff, N||Tothill, NFH||Travouillon, T||Walker, CK||Wang, L||Yan, J||Yang, H||Yang, J||York, DG||Yuan, X||Zhang, X||Zhang, Z||Zhou, X||Zhu, Z

publication date

  • December 2010