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Assembly and integration activities moving toward commissioning of the Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer
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Paper Abstract

The Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer (MROI) has completed its design phase and is currently in the construction phase. The first telescope will be deployed at the MROI site in 2011. Five different vendors are involved in the design and fabrication of a unit telescope, and a much larger number for the full observatory. This paper addresses the steps that the MRO Interferometry project will undertake to integrate subsystems developed by different parties, through commissioning into an operational optical interferometer. Finally we present the commissioning plan to bring the interferometer to an operational mode. We have developed "performance verification milestones" that successively increase the "science readiness" of the interferometer and transitions to an operational phase.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7734, Optical and Infrared Interferometry II, 77340V (21 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856468
Show Author Affiliations
Eric Bakker, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
Andres Olivares, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
Fernando Santoro, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
Ifan Payne, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
Rob Selina, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
Dan Klinglesmith III, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
Allen Farris, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
Ron King, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
Colby Jurgenson, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
John Seamons, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
Nicolas Torres, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
Michelle Creech-Eakman, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
Krista McCord, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7734:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry II
William C. Danchi; Françoise Delplancke; Jayadev K. Rajagopal, Editor(s)

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