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The Hexapod CSC controls the camera and M2 hexapods on the Simonyi Survey Telescope. Run one instance of the CSC for each hexapod, using index=1 for the camera hexapod and index=2 for the M2 hexapod.

User Guide

Start a Hexapod CSC as follows: <index>

where <index> is 1 for the camera hexapod, 2 for the M2 hexapod

Then check that the CSC has control of the low-level controller, as follows:

  • Wait for the connected event to report command=True and telemetry=True. This should happen quickly; if it does not then check that the low-level controller is fully booted up and configured to use the correct IP address for the CSC.
  • Check the controllerState event. If it is state=Offline, offline_substate=PublishOnly, which is the state the low-level controller wakes up in, then you must use the EUI to change the state.
  • Check the commandableByDDS event. If state=False then you must use the EUI to change the control mode.


  • To recover from the FAULT state (after fixing whatever is wrong) issue the clearError command. This will transition to the STANDBY state.
  • The low-level controller maintains the CSC summary state, so the CSC reports a summary state of OFFLINE until it receives telemetry from the low-level controller. Thus the CSC may transition from OFFLINE to almost any other state as it starts up.
  • Communication between the low-level controller and CSC is quite unusual:
    • The low-level controller connects to a TCP/IP server in the CSC. Thus the low-level controller must be configured with the TCP/IP address of the CSC.
    • The low-level controller does not acknowledge commands in any way. Thus the CSC must try to predict whether the low-level controller can execute a command and reject the command if not. Unfortunately this prediction cannot be completely accurate.
    • The connection uses two separate sockets, one for commands and the other for telemetry and configuration. Both are one-directional: the low-level controller reads commands on the command socket and writes configuration and telemetry to the telemetry socket.


The CSC includes a simulation mode. To run using CSC’s internal simulator: <index> --simulate

The Engineering User Interface (EUI)

Use the Engineering User Interface (EUI) as follows to enable CSC control of the low-level controller:

  • State must be state=Offline, offline_substate=Available or any more enabled state. The low-level controller wakes up in state=Offline, offline_substate=PublishOnly, and you must change this before the CSC can control the low-level controller. Change the state on the main panel of the EUI.
  • Control mode must be DDS. The low-level controller wakes up in control mode GUI, and you must change this before the CSC can control the low-level controller. To change the control mode use the Parameters panel; note that the EUI shows the control mode on the main panel, but that display is read-only.

Developer Guide

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