Mechatronics in astronomy

Mechatronics in astronomy

The mechatronics It consists of the hunting integration of mechanical engineering with electronics and with the control of intelligent computers.

"Mechatronics" is a fairly recent term. It emerged as such in Japan, in the 80s of the last century. Its purpose is to design and create new products and processes.

Applied to astronomical observation, mechatronics provides highly specialized systems capable of detecting and amplifying the weak signal of electromagnetic radiation emitted by planets, stars and galaxies.

You can also, using robots, autonomously analyze the environmental characteristics of a planet or star, move around and avoid obstacles, receive commands and transmit the results to the research centers.

Astronomical mechatronic systems

The application of mechatronics to the observation and study of celestial bodies has resulted in several very sophisticated technological systems. To the mechatronics many terrestrial and space telescopes are due, in addition to all the robots that have walked the surface of other planets, also known as Interplanetary Automatic Explorers.

Other contributions of mechatronics to Astronomy are mobile radio telescopes, radio interferometers, airborne observatories, gravitational wave detectors or neutrino detectors.

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