Liverpool Telescope Operational Phase

Lead Research Organisation: Liverpool John Moores University
Department Name: Astrophysics Research Institute


The Liverpool Telescope is the world's largest robotic telescope. As a robotic telescope, it operates on its own every night, carrying out a queue of observations defined by a wide community of astronomers. Robotic telescopes are particularly suitable for making repeated sequences of observations of time variable sources (monitoring), or for rapid response to objects which last only a short time, such as Novae, Supernovae and Gamma Ray Burst sources. This application is for continuation of funding for the maintenance and operation of the Liverpool Telescope, both in its role as a national facility and also as the primary component of RoboNet.


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Title Robotic Control Software 
Description software developed to run the liverpool telescope in an autonomous fashion was licensed under GPL and released to Las Cumbres Observatory in return for 1200 hours guarenteed time on their telesopes. 
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Protection Copyrighted (e.g. software)
Year Protection Granted 2007
Licensed Yes
Impact The robotic software is of course key to the whole operation of the telescope- without it the majority of the scientific papers produced would not have been possible.