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Novel scheduling approaches in the era of multi-telescope networks
Author(s): E. S. Saunders; S. Lampoudi; T. A. Lister; M. Norbury; Z. Walker
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Paper Abstract

Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT) is developing a worldwide network of fully robotic optical telescopes dedicated to time-domain astronomy. Observatory automation, longitudinal spacing of the sites, and a centralised network scheduler enable a range of observing modes impossible with traditional manual observing from a single location. We discuss the design goals of the LCOGT network scheduler, and in particular examine the unique network characteristics we seek to exploit for novel observing. We present an analysis of the key design trade-offs informing the scheduling architecture and data model, with special emphasis on both the unusual capabilities we have implemented, and some of the limitations of our approach. Finally, we describe some of the lessons we have learnt as we have moved from the beta test phase into full operational deployment in 2014.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9149, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V, 91490E (6 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056642
Show Author Affiliations
E. S. Saunders, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (United States)
S. Lampoudi, Liquid Robotics, Inc. (United States)
T. A. Lister, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (United States)
M. Norbury, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (United States)
Z. 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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