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3 July 1998 Data Flow System operations: from the NTT to the VLT
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Science operations at the ESO very large telescope is scheduled to begin in April 1999. ESO is currently finalizing the VLT science operations plan. This plan describes the operations tasks and staffing needed to support both visitor and service mode operations. The Data Flow Systems (DFS) currently being developed by ESO will provide the infrastructure necessary for VLT science operations. This paper describes the current VLT science operations plan, first by discussing the tasks involved and then by describing the operations teams that have responsibility for those tasks. Prototypes of many of these operational concepts and tools have been in use at the ESO New Technology Telescope (NTT) since February 1997. This paper briefly summarizes the status of these prototypes and then discusses what operation lessons have been learned from the NTT experience and how they can be applied to the VLT.
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David R. Silva, Bruno Leibundgut, Peter J. Quinn, Jason Spyromilio, and Massimo Tarenghi "Data Flow System operations: from the NTT to the VLT", Proc. SPIE 3349, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return, (3 July 1998);


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