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Merging operations on the survey telescopes at PAO
Author(s): Susana Cerda; Steffen Mieske; Stéphane Brillant; Andres Pino; Cristian Romero; Carlos La Fuente
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Paper Abstract

We extend upon the initial analysis on the Evolution of Operations for the Surveys Telescopes at Paranal Observatory (C. Romero et al 2016) and follow on an ongoing Science Operation project. The operational complexity of some of the new generation instruments and facilities, incorporated into Paranal observatory, such as the AOF (Adaptive Optics Facility) will supposed a big challenge for all areas involved, including the operational one. Paranal Science Operation realized that adaptation to the complexity of this new systems, while maintaining the operational mode in vigor and the available resources, were feasible by releasing man power on the Telescope and Instrument Operators group. On this regard, Surveys Telescopes; VISTA (Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for astronomy) and VST (VLT Survey Telescope) were early identified as candidates to provide the more demanding systems with an additional support operator and since 2016, improvements on Surveys Telescopes (automatization, stabilities, operational panels and screens distribution at the console, among many others) has become a joint effort between MSE (Maintenance, Support and Engineering) and Science Operations, on this effort and as a way to cope with the limited resources, operators has took an important role on the analysis and development of this project. As well as on acquiring experience with the creation of new operational panels plus the maintenance of some operational scripts. Now the dry run for this new operational mode is set for January 2018 and a staff resource for future panels’ modifications is on the way.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2018
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 10704, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII, 107041X (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312233
Show Author Affiliations
Susana Cerda, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Steffen Mieske, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Stéphane Brillant, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Andres Pino, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Cristian Romero, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Carlos La Fuente, 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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