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LCOGT network observatory operations
Author(s): Andrew Pickles; Annie Hjelstrom; Todd Boroson; Ben Burleson; Patrick Conway; Jon De Vera; Mark Elphick; Brian Haworth; Wayne Rosing; Eric Saunders; Doug Thomas; Gary White; Mark Willis; Zach Walker
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Paper Abstract

We describe the operational capabilities of the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network. We summarize our hardware and software for maintaining and monitoring network health. We focus on methodologies to utilize the automated system to monitor availability of sites, instruments and telescopes, to monitor performance, permit automatic recovery, and provide automatic error reporting. The same jTCS control system is used on telescopes of apertures 0.4m, 0.8m, 1m and 2m, and for multiple instruments on each. We describe our network operational model, including workloads, and illustrate our current tools, and operational performance indicators, including telemetry and metrics reporting from on-site reductions. The system was conceived and designed to establish effective, reliable autonomous operations, with automatic monitoring and recovery - minimizing human intervention while maintaining quality. We illustrate how far we have been able to achieve that.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2014
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9149, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V, 914912 (6 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055215
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew Pickles, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (United States)
Annie Hjelstrom, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (United States)
Todd Boroson, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (United States)
Ben Burleson, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (United States)
Patrick Conway, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (United States)
Jon De Vera, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (United States)
Mark Elphick, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (United States)
Brian Haworth, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (United States)
Wayne Rosing, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (United States)
Eric Saunders, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (United States)
Doug Thomas, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (United States)
Gary White, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (United States)
Mark Willis, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (United States)
Zach Walker, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9149:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V
Alison B. Peck; Chris R. Benn; Robert L. Seaman, Editor(s)

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