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Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope systems engineering update
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The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), formerly the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST), is now in its sixth year of construction. During the two years that have elapsed since our last systems engineering update we have been through factory acceptance of several major subsystems including the enclosure, telescope mount assembly, and the primary mirror. With these major milestones behind us, site assembly in progress, and with the integration, test, and commissioning phase about to begin, we will discuss what has been working well in terms of DKIST systems engineering processes along with some things we could have done better and would do differently if given another chance. The paper examines examples of successes including full-scale factory assembly of major mechanical components and some less optimum outcomes. We explore the reasons for success or failure, including the early delivery and level of detail in factory acceptance test procedures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 August 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9911, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VII, 99112F (8 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233414
Show Author Affiliations
Robert Hubbard, National Solar Observatory (United States)
Simon Craig, National Solar Observatory (United States)
Ruth Kneale, National Solar Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9911:
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VII
George Z. Angeli; Philippe Dierickx, Editor(s)

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