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23 June 2006 Completion and commissioning of the Southern African Large Telescope
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The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) was completed in 2005 and began initial scientific operations in August of that year. Built in just under 6 years and on budget, SALT has been a good example of a successfully managed telescope project where systems engineering disciplines have been applied to good effect. This paper discusses the experiences of completing and commissioning SALT and its first-light instruments and the early scientific operations. Lessons learned in integrating the various telescope subsystems and implementation of the telescope control system are presented. First Light was announced on 1 September 2005 following the installation of the last of the 91 mirror segments and the commissioning of the UV-visible imager, SALTICAM. This was soon followed by the first scientific observations and the beginning of the commissioning phase for the active optics system.
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David A. H. Buckley, Gerhard P. Swart, and Jacobus G. Meiring "Completion and commissioning of the Southern African Large Telescope", Proc. SPIE 6267, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes, 62670Z (23 June 2006); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.673750
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