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W. M. Keck Observatory operations
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Paper Abstract

The operations model of the Keck Observatory and the factors that allow it to operate with unprecedented scientific success while maintaining the lowest operating cost to capital ratio of the 8m-10m class of telescopes are examined. We describe matching of resources to operating requirements and steps taken to optimize the effectiveness of the overall operation. We describe how strategic goals, operating philosophy and detailed planning mesh to match science objectives with technological capability. We conclude by examining how operations design drives both long term operating cost and realization of the potential inherent in the initial capital investment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7016, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II, 701603 (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.786570
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Hilton A. Lewis, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Richard H. Matsuda, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7016:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II
Roger J. Brissenden; David R. Silva, Editor(s)

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