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SALT tracker upgrade utilizing aerospace processes and procedures
Author(s): Raoul van den Berg; Chris Coetzee; Ockert Strydom; Janus Brink; Keith Browne; Eben Wiid; Wouter Lochner; Grant Nelson; Paul Rabe; Martin Wilkinson; Vic Moore; Adelaide Malan; Jonathan Love; Anthony Koeslag
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Paper Abstract

The SALT Tracker was originally designed to carry a payload of approximately 1000 kg. The current loading exceeds 1300 kg and more instrumentation, for example, the Near-Infrared (NIR) arm of the Robert Stobie Spectrograph (RSS), is being designed for the telescope. In general, provision also had to be made to expand the envelope of the tracker payload carrying capacity for future growth as some of the systems on SALT are currently running with small safety margins. It was therefore decided to upgrade the SALT Tracker to be able to carry a payload of 1875 kg.

Before the project "Kick-Off" it became evident that neither SALT nor SAAO had the required standard of formal processes and procedures to execute a project of this nature. The Project Management, Mechanical Design and Review processes and procedures were adopted from the Aerospace Industry and tailored for our application. After training the project team in the application of these processes/procedures and gaining their commitment, the Tracker Upgrade Project was "Kicked-Off" in early May 2013.

The application of these aerospace-derived processes and procedures, as used during the Tracker Upgrade Project, were very successful as is shown in this paper where the authors also highlight some of the details of the implemented processes and procedures as well as specific challenges that needed to be met while executing a project of this nature and technical complexity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 2016
PDF: 20 pages
Proc. SPIE 9911, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VI, 99111J (18 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231559
Show Author Affiliations
Raoul van den Berg, SALT Foundation (South Africa)
Chris Coetzee, SALT Foundation (South Africa)
Ockert Strydom, SALT Foundation (South Africa)
Janus Brink, SALT Foundation (South Africa)
Keith Browne, SALT Foundation (South Africa)
Eben Wiid, SALT Foundation (South Africa)
Wouter Lochner, SALT Foundation (South Africa)
Grant Nelson, SALT Foundation (South Africa)
Paul Rabe, SALT Foundation (South Africa)
Martin Wilkinson, SALT Foundation (South Africa)
Vic Moore, SALT Foundation (South Africa)
Adelaide Malan, SALT Foundation (South Africa)
Jonathan Love, SALT Foundation (South Africa)
Anthony Koeslag, SALT Foundation (South Africa)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9911:
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VI
George Z. Angeli; Philippe Dierickx, Editor(s)

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