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Keeping the Hubble Space Telescope operating efficiently in its third decade
Author(s): David S. Adler
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Paper Abstract

Recent improvements to the planning and scheduling process of the Hubble Space Telescope will maximize scientific return over the telescope's remaining years. The return to 3-gyro operations increased the scheduling opportunities for science on HST. Improvements to the scheduling of programs through the South Atlantic Anomaly optimized efficiency. To address an RA-asymmetry in the HST target distribution, "exclusion zones" were implemented in the Cycle 20 Call for Proposals. These process improvements not only allow the continuation of groundbreaking science, but also serve as a bridge to the planning and scheduling systems of the James Webb Space Telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8448, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV, 844813 (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.924363
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David S. Adler, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8448:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Fernando Comeron, Editor(s)

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