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Making the CHARA Array, Part II: project management: 15 years on thin ice
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Paper Abstract

The reviewers of our first NSF proposal asked us to prepare a more ambitious plan, and we did. When it was funded, the scope of the resources made available was far below the scope of the project. What to do? The only way to proceed within budget was to eliminate the entire professional engineering component of the proposal team, and we did so. This left the CHARA staff and a few consultants. The story of building the CHARA Array is largely the story of how to build a facility and instrument with no engineers, no managers, and no meetings. How was this possible?

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9146, Optical and Infrared Interferometry IV, 91460E (24 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056748
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Stephen T. Ridgway, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Theo A. ten Brummelaar, CHARA (United States)
Harold A. McAlister, Georgia State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9146:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry IV
Jayadev K. Rajagopal; Michelle J. Creech-Eakman; Fabien Malbet, Editor(s)

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