Starbugs: all-singing, all-dancing fibre positioning robots

@inproceedings{Gilbert2012StarbugsAA,
  title={Starbugs: all-singing, all-dancing fibre positioning robots},
  author={James Gilbert and Michael Goodwin and J. A. C. Heijmans and Rolf Muller and Stan Miziarski and Jurek Brzeski and Lew G. Waller and Will J. Saunders and Alex Bennet and Julia Tims},
  booktitle={Other Conferences},
  year={2012}
}
Starbugs are miniature piezoelectric 'walking' robots with the ability to simultaneously position many optical fibres across a telescope's focal plane. Their simple design incorporates two piezoceramic tubes to form a pair of concentric 'legs' capable of taking individual steps of a few microns, yet with the capacity to move a payload several millimetres per second. The Australian Astronomical Observatory has developed this technology to enable fast and accurate field reconfigurations without… 

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