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(Robotic Optical Transient Search Experiment)
(automated array of telescopes to uncover and track transients)

ROTSE (for Robotic Optical Transient Search Experiment) is an array of four optical telescopes located around the world, operated by computer following up on reported gamma-ray bursts. While not responding to alerts for GRBs, it surveys for other transients. The original ROTSE (ROTSE-I) was deployed in 1998, following an earlier 1993 robotic initiative named GROSCE (for Gamma Ray Burst Optical counterparts Search Experiment). A upgrade plan (ROTSE-II) was canceled, and a redesigned upgrade, to the current configuration (ROTSE-III), was carried out in 2004. It receives its alerts of GRBs from other sources, beginning its imaging within seconds of receiving the alert.

(array,telescopes,transients,automated,all sky)
Further reading:
ROTSEROTSE3 J222115.63+403454.8 

Referenced by pages:
Fenton Hill Observatory (FHO)
supernova survey
Siding Spring Observatory (SSO)