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JWST observation specification and expansion to support planning and scheduling
Author(s): Wayne M. Kinzel; Robert E. Douglas
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Paper Abstract

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will be a large infrared space observatory orbiting the Sun-Earth second Lagrange Point. The Astronomer's Proposal Tool (APT), originally developed for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), has been extended to support JWST proposal development, using an Observation Template concept to provide Observers with a simple, focused interface to the primary observing capabilities of JWST, such as imaging, spectroscopy, or coronagraphy. APT will provide the Observer with the ability to specify more complex Observations by adding layers such as mosaics using a minimal set of inputs. APT will then expand each Observation to create one or more Visits where each Visit contains a set of exposures that can be performed using a single Guide Star. This paper will describe the capabilities required and the process used by APT to convert the high level Observation specification into lower level Visit structures, including the additional capabilities needed to support Multi-Object Spectroscopic Observations. We will also include a summary of the current state of APT implementation and remaining work.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8448, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV, 84480Z (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926952
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Wayne M. Kinzel, Computer Sciences Corp. (United States)
Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Robert E. Douglas, 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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