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Data Flow System operations: from the NTT to the VLT
Author(s): David R. Silva; Bruno Leibundgut; Peter J. Quinn; Jason Spyromilio; Massimo Tarenghi
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Paper Abstract

Science operations at the ESO very large telescope is scheduled to begin in April 1999. ESO is currently finalizing the VLT science operations plan. This plan describes the operations tasks and staffing needed to support both visitor and service mode operations. The Data Flow Systems (DFS) currently being developed by ESO will provide the infrastructure necessary for VLT science operations. This paper describes the current VLT science operations plan, first by discussing the tasks involved and then by describing the operations teams that have responsibility for those tasks. Prototypes of many of these operational concepts and tools have been in use at the ESO New Technology Telescope (NTT) since February 1997. This paper briefly summarizes the status of these prototypes and then discusses what operation lessons have been learned from the NTT experience and how they can be applied to the VLT.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 July 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3349, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return, (3 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316484
Show Author Affiliations
David R. Silva, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Bruno Leibundgut, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Peter J. Quinn, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Jason Spyromilio, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Massimo Tarenghi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3349:
Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return
Peter J. Quinn, Editor(s)

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