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Lessons learned from the Scientist's Expert Assistant project
Author(s): Jeremy E. Jones; Chris Burkhardt; Mark Fishman; Sandy Grosvenor; Anuradha Koratkar; LaMont Ruley; Karl R. Wolf
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Paper Abstract

During the past two years, the Scientist's Expert Assistant (SEA) team has been prototyping proposal development tools for the Hubble Space Telescope in an effort to demonstrate the role of software in reducing support costs for the Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST). This effort has been a success. The Hubble Space Telescope has adopted two SEA prototype tools, the Exposure Time Calculator and Visual Target Tuner, for operational use. The Space Telescope Science Institute is building a new set of observing tools based on SEA technology. These tools will hopefully be foundation that is easily adaptable to other observatories including NGST. The SEA project has aggressively pursued the latest software technologies including Java, distributed computing, XML, Web distribution, and expert systems. Some technology experiments proved to be dead ends, while other technologies were unexpectedly beneficial. We have also worked with other projects to foster collaboration between the various observing tool programs. In two years, we have learned a great deal that will be useful to future software tool efforts. In this presentation, we will discuss the lessons that we've learned during the development and evaluation of the SEA. We will also discuss future directions for the project.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4010, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return II, (25 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.392483
Show Author Affiliations
Jeremy E. Jones, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Chris Burkhardt, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Mark Fishman, AppNet Inc. (United States)
Sandy Grosvenor, Booz*Allen & Hamilton Inc. (United States)
Anuradha Koratkar, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
LaMont Ruley, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Karl R. Wolf, AppNet Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4010:
Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return II
Peter J. Quinn, Editor(s)

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