13 September 2012 Spitzer operations: scheduling the out years
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Spitzer Warm Mission operations have remained robust and exceptionally efficient since the cryogenic mission ended in mid-2009. The distance to the onow exceeds 1 AU, making telecommunications increasingly difficult; however, analysis has shown that two-way communication could be maintained through at least 2017 with minimal loss in observing efficiency. The science program continues to emphasize the characterization of exoplanets, time domain studies, and deep surveys, all of which can impose interesting scheduling constraints. Recent changes have significantly improved on-board data compression, which both enables certain high volume observations and reduces Spitzer's demand for competitive Deep Space Network resources.
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William A. Mahoney, William A. Mahoney, Mark J. Effertz, Mark J. Effertz, Mark E. Fisher, Mark E. Fisher, Lisa J. Garcia, Lisa J. Garcia, Joseph C. Hunt, Joseph C. Hunt, Vincent Mannings, Vincent Mannings, Douglas B. McElroy, Douglas B. McElroy, Elena Scire, Elena Scire, } "Spitzer operations: scheduling the out years", Proc. SPIE 8448, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV, 84481Z (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926584; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.926584


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