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Connecting ELT to the current VLT operations scheme: how the telescope and instrument operators, as well as other groups at Paranal Observatory, are preparing the staff for the ELT era
Author(s): Andres Pino Pavez; Stéphane Brillant; Susana Cerda Hernández; Claudia Cid; Xavier Haubois; Steffen Mieske; Julien Milli; Juan Carlos Muñoz-Mateos; Julio Navarrete; Diego Parraguez; Leonel Rivas; Cristian Romero; Alain Smette
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Paper Abstract

Several challenges will have to be faced by the staff at Paranal Observatory in order to be well prepared for a seamless integration of the ELT in the current VLT operations scheme. The Telescopes and Instruments Operator group (TIO) is already undergoing changes connected with some of the identified technological and operational needs for the ELT. This paper will have detailed information about the current training needs, group structural changes, the current activities using the adopted engineering-TIO [2] (eTIO) scheme and the staffing plan that will have to be applied in order to keep the centralized support of the biggest world infrastructure in astronomy at the time of the ELT, to handle daily science operations for seven different telescopes, the VLT interferometer and twenty-one scientific instruments in parallel.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2018
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 10704, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII, 107041M (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2311857
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Andres Pino Pavez, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Stéphane Brillant, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Susana Cerda Hernández, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Claudia Cid, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Xavier Haubois, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Steffen Mieske, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Julien Milli, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Juan Carlos Muñoz-Mateos, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Julio Navarrete, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Diego Parraguez, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Leonel Rivas, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Cristian Romero, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Alain Smette, European Southern Observatory (Chile)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10704:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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