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Support tools for the VLT operations: the NTT prototyping experience
Author(s): Alberto Maurizio Chavan; Gino Giannone; David R. Silva; Anthony P. Krueger; Glenn E. Miller
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Paper Abstract

One of the most important design goals of the ESO very large telescope is efficiency of operations, to maximize the scientific productivity of the observatory. 'Service mode' observations will take up a significant fraction of the VLT's time, with the goal of matching the best observing conditions to the most demanding scientific programs. Such an operational scheme requires extensive computer support in the area of observation preparation and execution. In this paper we present some of the software tools developed at ESO to support VLT observers, both staff and external. Our phase II proposal preparation system and the operational toolkit are prototype implementations of the final VLT systems and have been in use for over a year, while the scheduling tools to support 'service mode' operations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 July 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3349, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return, (3 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316477
Show Author Affiliations
Alberto Maurizio Chavan, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Gino Giannone, SERCO GmbH (Germany)
David R. Silva, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Anthony P. Krueger, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Glenn E. Miller, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3349:
Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return
Peter J. Quinn, Editor(s)

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