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Characterizing site specific considerations for protecting aircraft during LGS operations at W. M. Keck Observatory
Author(s): Paul J. Stomski; Randy Campbell; Kevin McCann; Steve Shimko
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Paper Abstract

W. M. Keck Observatory (WMKO) routinely operates laser guide star (LGS) Adaptive Optics (AO) systems at the telescope facility on the Big Island of Hawaii. One of the operational requirements for the LGS system is that a safety system to prevent nearby aircraft from being adversely affected by the laser must be provided. We will support operations in the near term with human aircraft spotters until we can successfully develop and get the appropriate approvals needed for an Automated, Integrated and Reliable System for an Aircraft Friendly Environment (AIRSAFE). This report describes some of the preliminary requirements development work at WMKO in support of the future development of AIRSAFE. We discuss the results of recent work to characterize site specific considerations that impact requirements development. The site specific considerations include the proximity of WMKO laser operations to nearby commercial airports, the implications of military operations in the area and the character of the air traffic volume and flight patterns over the telescope facility. Finally, we discuss how the design and implementation of AIRSAFE will be impacted by these site specific considerations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7736, Adaptive Optics Systems II, 773650 (29 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857896
Show Author Affiliations
Paul J. Stomski, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Randy Campbell, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Kevin McCann, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Steve Shimko, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7736:
Adaptive Optics Systems II
Brent L. Ellerbroek; Michael Hart; Norbert Hubin; Peter L. Wizinowich, Editor(s)

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