PLATO–a 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 0°C when the outside temperature is at -70°C, and connects to the internet using the Iridium satellite system (providing μ30 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.

author list (cited authors)

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

citation count

  • 9

publication date

  • December 2009