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Considering the role of the operator: a seer's eye view
Author(s): William H. Hathaway
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Paper Abstract

New opportunities and new difficulties arise from technological advances in modes of astronomical observing and data transmission. This paper gives a quick re-cap of recent experiences in operations of space observatories as seen from the perspective of a practicing operator. Lessons learned from different approaches to design and execution of telescope construction and control are presented relating to their actual use in practice. Suggestions for better ways to use future telescopes and to maximize their operational efficiency will be offered. The emphasis will be on considering operational aspects in the planning stages. This will require technical interaction among the scientists planning to use advanced technology telescopes for obtaining efficient receipt of high quality data, the engineers involved in developing the hardware and operating systems, and the operators who will directly interact with the advanced technology to accomplish this goal.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1236, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19184
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William H. Hathaway, Computer Sciences Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1236:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV
Lawrence D. Barr, Editor(s)

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