12 July 2008 W. M. Keck Observatory operations
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The operations model of the Keck Observatory and the factors that allow it to operate with unprecedented scientific success while maintaining the lowest operating cost to capital ratio of the 8m-10m class of telescopes are examined. We describe matching of resources to operating requirements and steps taken to optimize the effectiveness of the overall operation. We describe how strategic goals, operating philosophy and detailed planning mesh to match science objectives with technological capability. We conclude by examining how operations design drives both long term operating cost and realization of the potential inherent in the initial capital investment.
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Hilton A. Lewis, Hilton A. Lewis, Richard H. Matsuda, Richard H. Matsuda, "W. M. Keck Observatory operations", Proc. SPIE 7016, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II, 701603 (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.786570; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.786570
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