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Handling observation proposals for SALT
Author(s): Christian Hettlage; David A. H. Buckley; Anne C. Charles; Martin Cordiner; Daniel R. Harbeck; Tim-Oliver Husser; Kenneth H. Nordsieck; Jeffrey W. Percival; Encarni Romero Colmenero; Martin D. Still
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Paper Abstract

SALT uses the Principal Investigator Proposal Tool (PIPT) for generating, checking, submitting and editing proposals. The PIPT maps XML into Java classes with immediate error and consistency checking, and thus prevents non-feasible observation requests. Various tools allow the user to simulate SALT observations. These include standard source spectra (e.g. black body, power law, Kurucz model atmospheres), and allow users to add their own library spectra. The PIPT is complemented by the Web Manager for administering submitted proposals. It is discussed how the code of these tools can easily be extended for future instruments and used for other projects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7737, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems III, 77371B (29 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858025
Show Author Affiliations
Christian Hettlage, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
David A. H. Buckley, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Anne C. Charles, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Martin Cordiner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Daniel R. Harbeck, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Tim-Oliver Husser, Georg-August-Univ. Göttingen (Germany)
Kenneth H. Nordsieck, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison Space Astronomy Lab. (United States)
Jeffrey W. Percival, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison Space Astronomy Lab. (United States)
Encarni Romero Colmenero, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Martin D. Still, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7737:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems III
David R. Silva; Alison B. Peck; B. Thomas Soifer, Editor(s)

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