There have been a variety of improvements and additions to Archon since its announcement. These include the XVBias module and XV power supply for +/-100V biases, LVDS and HS modules for high speed clocking, and enhanced LVXBias, HVXBias, and HeaterX modules. The Rev E backplanes support hot pluggable daisy chained multi-system synchronization, and all modules with digital I/O lines now offer embedded 16-bit CPUs that can be programmed on the fly for simple digital I/O tasks such as reading an I2C temperature sensor or RS232 vacuum gauge. Update your GUI and firmware to take advantage of these new features. We’ve also recently developed a water-cooled option for Archon (as shown). Read more about Archon here or contact us.
The Asteroid Terrestrial-Impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) is being developed by a team of astronomers at the University of Hawaii and is funded by NASA. ATLAS is an asteroid impact early warning system consisting of two telescopes that will scan the whole sky several times every night looking for moving objects. Each telescope has a 10k x 10k STA1600 CCD and an Archon controller. When the project’s Haleakala and Mauna Loa sites are complete by early 2016, ATLAS can provide one day’s warning for a 30-kiloton “town killer,” a week for a 5-megaton “city killer,” and three weeks for a 100-megaton “county killer” asteroid. More information on ATLAS is available here.
The second of 3 STA cameras has been installed by NIAOT for the AST3 (Antarctic Survey Telescope) project. Each camera consists of a backside illuminated STA1600FT CCD (10k x 5k frame transfer, 9 μm pixel), a compact dewar with TEC cooling, and an STA Reflex camera controller. The NAIOT announcement can be read here.