16 June 2000 ORAC: a modern observing system for UKIRT
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The steady improvement in telescope performance at UKIRT and the increase in data acquisition rates led to a strong desired for an integrated observing framework that would meet the needs of future instrumentation, as well as providing some support for existing instrumentation. Thus the Observatory Reduction and Acquisition Control (ORAC) project was created in 1997 with the goals of improving the scientific productivity in the telescope, reducing the overall ongoing support requirements, and eventually supporting the use of more flexibly scheduled observing. The project was also expected to achieve this within a tight resource allocation. In October 1999 the ORAC system was commissioned at the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope.
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Alan Bridger, Gillian S. Wright, Frossie Economou, Min Tan, Malcolm J. Currie, David Alan Pickup, Andrew J. Adamson, Nicholas P. Rees, Maren Purves, and Russell D. Kackley "ORAC: a modern observing system for UKIRT", Proc. SPIE 4009, Advanced Telescope and Instrumentation Control Software, (16 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.388393; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.388393

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