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OPUS: the FUSE science data pipeline
Author(s): James F. Rose; C. Heller-Boyer; M. A. Rose; M. Swam; W. Miller; G. A. Kriss; William R. Oegerle
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes how the OPUS pipeline, currently used for processing science data from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), was used as the backbone for developing the science data pipeline for a much smaller mission. The far ultraviolet spectroscopic explorer (FUSE) project selected OPUS for its data processing pipeline platform and selected the OPUS team at the STScI to write the FUSE pipeline applications. A total of 105 new modules were developed for the FUSE pipeline. The foundation of over 250 modules in the OPUS libraries allowed development to proceed quickly and with considerable confidence that the underlying functionality is reliable and robust. Each task represented roughly 90 percent reuse, and the project as a whole shows over 70 percent reuse of the existing OPUS system. Taking an existing system that is operational, and will be maintained for many years to come, was a key decision for the FUSE mission. Adding the extensive experience of the OPUS team to the task resulted in the development of a complete telemetry pipeline system within a matter of months. Reusable software has been the siren song of software engineering and object- oriented design for a decade or more. The development of inexpensive software systems by adapting existing code to new applications is as attractive as it has been elusive. The OPUS telemetry pipeline for the FUSE mission has proven to be a significant exception to that trend.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 July 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3349, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return, (3 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316516
Show Author Affiliations
James F. Rose, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
C. Heller-Boyer, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
M. A. Rose, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
M. Swam, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
W. Miller, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
G. A. Kriss, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
William R. Oegerle, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)


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

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