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FIRST ground segment and science operations concept
Author(s): Otto H. Bauer; Pierre Estaria; Kenneth J. King; Goeran L. Pilbratt; Andy Robson; Peter R. Roelfsema; Harm Schaap
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Paper Abstract

The Far InfraRed and Submillimeter Telescope (FIRST) is the last of the four Cornerstone Missions in the 'Horizon 2000' long term science plan of the European Space Agency (ESA) and as an observatory type mission it will be open to the international astronomical community. Its launch is presently foreseen for the end of 2005. The nominal mission duration will be 4.5 years and the active archive phase 3 years. Taking into account the experience from other ESA missions and in order to minimize costs, the ground segment for FIRST scientific operations will be structured in a novel 'decentralized' way, creating centers of competence.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 July 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3349, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return, (3 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316501
Show Author Affiliations
Otto H. Bauer, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Pierre Estaria, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Kenneth J. King, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Goeran L. Pilbratt, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Andy Robson, European Space Agency/ESOC (Germany)
Peter R. Roelfsema, SRON--Space Research Organization Netherlands (Netherlands)
Harm Schaap, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)

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

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