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Application of systems engineering concepts in the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Observatory automation project
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Paper Abstract

In 2007, the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) undertook a project to enable the remote control of the observatory at the summit of Mauna Kea from a control room in the Headquarters building in Waimea. Instead of having two people operating the telescope and performing the observations from the summit, this project will allow one operator to remotely control the observatory and perform observations for the night. It is not possible to have one person operate from the summit, as our Two Person Rule requires at least two people for work at the summit for safety reasons. This paper will describe how systems engineering concepts have shaped the design of the project structure and execution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 August 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7738, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy IV, 773816 (5 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856477
Show Author Affiliations
Sarah Gajadhar, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (United States)
Todd Burdullis, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (United States)
William Cruise, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (United States)
Tom Vermeulen, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7738:
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy IV
George Z. Angeli; Philippe Dierickx, Editor(s)

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