15 July 2016 The Australian SKA Pathfinder: operations management and user engagement
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This paper describes the science operations model for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope. ASKAP is a radio interferometer currently being commissioned in Western Australia. It will be operated by a dedicated team of observatory staff with the support of telescope monitoring, control and scheduling software. These tools, as well as the proposal tools and data archive will enable the telescope to operate with little direct input from the astronomy user. The paper also discusses how close engagement with the telescope user community has been maintained throughout the ASKAP construction and commissioning phase, leading to positive outcomes including early input into the design of telescope systems and a vibrant early science program.
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Lisa Harvey-Smith, Lisa Harvey-Smith, "The Australian SKA Pathfinder: operations management and user engagement", Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99100I (15 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233784; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2233784
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