© Institution of Engineers, Australia 2005 Australian Journal of Electrical & Elecronics Engineering, Vol 2, No.1
* Paper E24/528 submitted 28/05/04.
Paper accepted for publication 01/08/04.
A precursor laboratory, the Automated
Astrophysical Site Testing Observatory (AASTO)
has been collecting atmospheric data relevant
to astronomy from the US Amundsen-Scott
South Pole station for the last decade.1,2
AASTINO (Automated Astrophysical Site Testing
INternational Observatory) represents the next step
in a program to develop fully automated site testing
laboratories, capable of being deployed to even
more remote locations on the Antarctic plateau.
The French/Italian station at Dome C (75 S, 123 E,
3250m) on the Antarctic plateau has been operating
during the summer months (Nov, Dec, Jan) since