15 July 2016 Gemini base facility operations environmental monitoring: key systems and tools for the remote operator
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In 2014 Gemini Observatory started the base facility operations (BFO) project. The project’s goal was to provide the ability to operate the two Gemini telescopes from their base facilities (respectively Hilo, HI at Gemini North, and La Serena, Chile at Gemini South). BFO was identified as a key project for Gemini’s transition program, as it created an opportunity to reduce operational costs. In November 2015, the Gemini North telescope started operating from the base facility in Hilo, Hawaii. In order to provide the remote operator the tools to work from the base, many of the activities that were normally performed by the night staff at the summit were replaced with new systems and tools. This paper describes some of the key systems and tools implemented for environmental monitoring, and the design used in the implementation at the Gemini North telescope.
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Martin Cordova, Andrew Serio, Francisco Meza, Gustavo Arriagada, Hector Swett, Jesse Ball, Paul Collins, Neal Masuda, Javier Fuentes, "Gemini base facility operations environmental monitoring: key systems and tools for the remote operator", Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99101X (15 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231708; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2231708
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