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Astronomy operations with the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT): SALT is doing great!
Author(s): Encarni Romero-Colmenero; Petri Väisänen; Ted Williams; Chris Coetzee; Steven M. Crawford; Christian Hettlage; Rosalind Skelton; Rudolph Kuhn; Brent Miszalski; Alexei Kniazev; Marissa Kotze; Éric Depagne; Thea Koen; Veronica Van Wyk; Fred Marang; Anja Schroeder; Nhlavutelo Macebele; Anelisiwe Mayekiso
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Paper Abstract

SALT is a 10-m class optical telescope located in Sutherland, South Africa, owned by an international consortium and operated in fully queue-scheduled mode by the South African Astronomical Observatory.

Since the start of its science operations in late 2011 and particularly since the start of its integrated operations, all the key metrics have continued to increase at a significant pace, breaking records nearly every semester: program completion, completion levels per priority, number of observed blocks, and publications. In this paper we present an update of all of our performance metrics and the strategic changes that have been and are taking place, in line with the new Strategic Plan for SALT and the SAAO.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2018
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10704, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII, 107040O (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313881
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Encarni Romero-Colmenero, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Petri Väisänen, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Ted Williams, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Chris Coetzee, 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)
Christian Hettlage, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Rosalind Skelton, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Rudolph Kuhn, 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)
Alexei Kniazev, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Marissa Kotze, 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)
Thea Koen, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Veronica Van Wyk, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Fred Marang, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Anja Schroeder, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Nhlavutelo Macebele, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Anelisiwe Mayekiso, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)


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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