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Improving SALT productivity by using the theory of constraints
Author(s): Johannes C. Coetzee; Petri Väisänen; Darragh E. O'Donoghue; Paul Kotze; Encarni Romero Colmenero; Brent Miszalski; Steven M. Crawford; Alexei Kniazev; Éric Depagne; Paul Rabe; Christian Hettlage
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Paper Abstract

SALT, the Southern African Large Telescope, is a very cost effective 10 m class telescope. The operations cost per refereed science paper is currently approximately $70,000. To achieve this competitive advantage, specific design tradeoffs had to be made leading to technical constraints. On the other hand, the telescope has many advantages, such as being able to rapidly switch between different instruments and observing modes during the night. We provide details of the technical and operational constraints and how they were dealt with, by applying the theory of constraints, to substantially improve the observation throughput during the last semester.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2016
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 991004 (15 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231376
Show Author Affiliations
Johannes C. Coetzee, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Petri Väisänen, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Darragh E. O'Donoghue, The SALT Foundation (South Africa)
Paul Kotze, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Encarni Romero Colmenero, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Brent Miszalski, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Steven M. Crawford, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Alexei Kniazev, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Éric Depagne, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Paul Rabe, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Christian Hettlage, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9910:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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