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3 July 1998 FIRST ground segment and science operations concept
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The Far InfraRed and Submillimeter Telescope (FIRST) is the last of the four Cornerstone Missions in the 'Horizon 2000' long term science plan of the European Space Agency (ESA) and as an observatory type mission it will be open to the international astronomical community. Its launch is presently foreseen for the end of 2005. The nominal mission duration will be 4.5 years and the active archive phase 3 years. Taking into account the experience from other ESA missions and in order to minimize costs, the ground segment for FIRST scientific operations will be structured in a novel 'decentralized' way, creating centers of competence.
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Otto H. Bauer, Pierre Estaria, Kenneth J. King, Goeran L. Pilbratt, Andy Robson, Peter R. Roelfsema, and Harm Schaap "FIRST ground segment and science operations concept", Proc. SPIE 3349, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return, (3 July 1998);


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