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The VISTA project: a review of its progress and lessons learned developing the current program
Author(s): Alistair M. McPherson; Andrew J. Born; William J. Sutherland; James P. Emerson
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Paper Abstract

The Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) project started in 2000 following a Joint Infrastructure Fund award to a consortium of 18 Universities within the UK. The UK ATC was contracted to manage the project of developing and building the VISTA facility. VISTA is planned to be a 4-m class telescope with the ability to mount both a visible and infra-red cameras, not concurrently. The design has an F/1 primary resulting in some demanding design issues. The project has now entered its detailed design and manufacturing phase. As we have contracted out major items a coordinated approach to the management of budgets, through systems engineering, risks, through risk management, and safety, through the generation of safety cases, had to be generated. These have been developed through the current phase, and control of the interfaces and science requirements has been maintained. The project is further developing the systems engineering and safety management to generate the commissioning plan and the overall safety case. The plan to deliver an effective and safe survey facility to ESO is being maintained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5489, Ground-based Telescopes, (28 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551233
Show Author Affiliations
Alistair M. McPherson, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Andrew J. Born, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
William J. Sutherland, Cambridge Univ. (United Kingdom)
James P. Emerson, Queen Mary Univ. of London (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5489:
Ground-based Telescopes
Jacobus M. Oschmann Jr., Editor(s)

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