2 June 2000 Remote observing with the Keck Telescopes from the U.S. mainland
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We describe the current status of efforts to establish a high-bandwidth network from the U.S. mainland to Mauna Kea and a facility in California to support Keck remote observing and engineering via the Internet. The California facility will be an extension of the existing Keck remote operations facility located in Waimea, Hawaii. It will be targeted towards short-duration observing runs which now comprise roughly half of all scheduled science runs on the Keck Telescope. Keck technical staff in Hawaii will support remote observers on the mainland via video conferencing and collaborative software tools. Advantages and disadvantages of remote operation from California versus Hawaii are explored, and costs of alternative communication paths examined. We describe a plan for a backup communications path to protect against failure of the primary network. Alternative software models for remote operation are explored, and recent operational results described.
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Robert I. Kibrick, Robert I. Kibrick, Steven L. Allen, Steven L. Allen, Albert Conrad, Albert Conrad, } "Remote observing with the Keck Telescopes from the U.S. mainland", Proc. SPIE 4011, Advanced Global Communications Technologies for Astronomy, (2 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.387218; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.387218
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