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Automatic data processing and quality control: experiences from ISO-LWS
Author(s): Martin J. Burgdorf; A. S. Harwood; N. R. Trams; Tanya L. Lim; Sunil D. Sidher; Bruce Miles Swinyard; Peter E. Clegg
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Paper Abstract

The high level of automation in the operation of the ESA Infrared Space Observatory, together with high observing efficiency, leads to a requirement for a commensurate level of automation in the subsequent processing of the astronomical data. This inevitably means that all data for a given instrument mode have the same calibration applied, regardless of the exact details of the object being observed. Questions then arise about these 'pipeline processed' data in terms of the calibration accuracy achieved; how to control the quality of data received by the observer and how much further processing is required - or desirable - by the observer.In this paper we outline the experience of two years of operation of the long wavelength spectrometer on board ISO, detailing the improvements made in the pipeline processing during this time and the difficulties encountered in the automated processing of some instrument modes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 July 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3349, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return, (3 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316508
Show Author Affiliations
Martin J. Burgdorf, ISO Science Operations Ctr. (Spain)
A. S. Harwood, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
N. R. Trams, ISO Science Operations Ctr. (Spain)
Tanya L. Lim, ISO Science Operations Ctr. and Univ. of London (United Kingdom)
Sunil D. Sidher, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Bruce Miles Swinyard, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Peter E. Clegg, Univ. of London (United Kingdom)

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

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