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The SPHERE exoplanet imager: a new management paradigm?
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Paper Abstract

The SPHERE is an exo-solar planet imager, which goal is to detect giant exo-solar planets in the vicinity of bright stars and to characterize them through spectroscopic and polarimetric observations. It is built by a consortium of 11 institutes from five countries. Rather than a traditional instrument, it is a complete system with a core made of an extreme-Adaptive Optics (AO) turbulence correction, pupil tracker and interferential coronagraphs feeding 3 different science instruments: working in Near Infrared Y, J, H and Ks bands (0.95 - 2.32μm) and in visible (0.5 - 0.9μm) light. In this paper, we focus on project organization matters like the make-up of the consortium and the decision flow. We try to identify if the management is adequate to the size and scope of the project and the consortium that is in charge of developing it. Our view regarding the organization of future multi-site complex fast track projects are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7017, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy III, 70170L (7 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789918
Show Author Affiliations
Francois Wildi, Observatoire de Genève (Switzerland)
Jean-Luc Beuzit, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Grenoble (France)
Markus Feldt, Max Planck Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
David Mouillet, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Grenoble (France)
Kjetil Dohlen, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Pascal Puget, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Grenoble (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7017:
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy III
George Z. Angeli; Martin J. Cullum, Editor(s)

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