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10 July 2018 Deskilling SALT primary mirror recoating process
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The SALT’s 91 primary mirror (PM) segments require annual recoating with aluminum because it is exposed to harsh environmental conditions during telescope operation. Recoating is used as a broad term entailing mirror segment removal, aluminizing and segment installation. Ideally, most large telescope, such as SALT, attempt to use individuals who are professionally educated and trained to handle optics for recoating of their primary mirrors. Unfortunately, South Africa doesn’t have tertiary institutions providing courses in optics or optical engineering. This paper describes how the SALT operations team overcame that challenge and trained and certified personnel, with no tertiary education whatsoever, recruited from the rural community of Sutherland, where SALT is located, by deskilling the individual PM segments handling and recoating tasks.
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Jonathan Love, Johannes C. Coetzee, Hitesh Gajjar, and Martin Wilkinson "Deskilling SALT primary mirror recoating process", Proc. SPIE 10704, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII, 1070425 (10 July 2018);


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