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NuSTAR observatory science operations: on-orbit acclimation
Author(s): Karl Forster; Fiona A. Harrison; Suzanne R. Dodd; Daniel K. Stern; Hiromasa Miyasaka; Kristin K. Madsen; Brian W. Grefenstette; Craig B. Markwardt; William W. Craig; Francis E. Marshall
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Paper Abstract

The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is the first focusing high energy (3-79 keV) X-ray observatory. The NuSTAR project is led by Caltech, which hosts the Science Operations Center (SOC), with mission operations managed by UCB Space Sciences Laboratory. We present an overview of NuSTAR science operations and describe the on-orbit performance of the observatory. The SOC is enhancing science operations to serve the community with a guest observing program beginning in 2015. We present some of the challenges and approaches taken by the SOC to operating a full service space observatory that maximizes the scientific return from the mission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9149, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V, 91490R (6 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056916
Show Author Affiliations
Karl Forster, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Fiona A. Harrison, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Suzanne R. Dodd, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Daniel K. Stern, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Hiromasa Miyasaka, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Kristin K. Madsen, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Brian W. Grefenstette, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Craig B. Markwardt, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
William W. Craig, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Francis E. Marshall, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (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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