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Advances in Astronomy
Volume 2010, Article ID 183016, 8 pages
Research Article

The OAdM Robotic Observatory

1Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC), Gran Capità 2-4 (Edifici Nexus), 08034 Barcelona, Spain
2Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (CSIC-IEEC), Torre C-5 Parell, 2ona planta, Facultat Ciències, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Spain
3Departament d'Astronomia i Meteorologia, Institut de Ciències del Cosmos (UB-IEEC), Universitat de Barcelona, Av.Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
4Fundació Joan Oró, Travessera de les Corts 272, 08014 Barcelona, Spain

Received 2 July 2009; Accepted 24 September 2009

Academic Editor: Alberto J. Castro-Tirado

Copyright © 2010 Josep Colomé et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The Montsec Astronomical Observatory (OAdM) is a small-class observatory working in fully unattended control, due to the isolation of the site. Robotic operation is, then, mandatory for its routine use. We present a description of the general control software and several software packages developed. The general control software protects the system specially at the identified single points of failure and makes a distributed control of any subsystem.