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Twelve years of planning and scheduling the Hubble Space Telescope: process improvements and the related observing efficiency gains
Author(s): David S. Adler; David K. Taylor; Alan P. Patterson
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Paper Abstract

Over the last twelve years, the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) planning and scheduling teams have reduced the lead time to schedule the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) five-fold while doubling the overall observing efficiency. After the launch of HST, a one-week flight calendar took 56 days to prepare, schedule, and convert to flight products; the process now begins 11 days before execution. Early observing efficiency was in the 25% range; it is now typically 50%. In this paper, the process improvements that allowed these advancements are summarized. We also discuss the most recent scheduling advancement, which allows interruption of an executing flight calendar for fast-turnaround science observations or telescope anomaly resolution within 24 hours of activation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 January 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4844, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return III, (2 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.460653
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David S. Adler, Computer Sciences Corp./Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
David K. Taylor, Computer Sciences Corp./Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Alan P. Patterson, Computer Sciences Corp./Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4844:
Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return III
Peter J. Quinn, Editor(s)

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