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Spitzer operations: scheduling the out years
Author(s): William A. Mahoney; Mark J. Effertz; Mark E. Fisher; Lisa J. Garcia; Joseph C. Hunt; Vincent Mannings; Douglas B. McElroy; Elena Scire
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Paper Abstract

Spitzer Warm Mission operations have remained robust and exceptionally efficient since the cryogenic mission ended in mid-2009. The distance to the onow exceeds 1 AU, making telecommunications increasingly difficult; however, analysis has shown that two-way communication could be maintained through at least 2017 with minimal loss in observing efficiency. The science program continues to emphasize the characterization of exoplanets, time domain studies, and deep surveys, all of which can impose interesting scheduling constraints. Recent changes have significantly improved on-board data compression, which both enables certain high volume observations and reduces Spitzer's demand for competitive Deep Space Network resources.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8448, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV, 84481Z (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926584
Show Author Affiliations
William A. Mahoney, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Mark J. Effertz, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Mark E. Fisher, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Lisa J. Garcia, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Joseph C. Hunt, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Vincent Mannings, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Douglas B. McElroy, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Elena Scire, California Institute of Technology (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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