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4 August 2010 The MUSE project from the dream toward reality
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MUSE (Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer) is a second generation instrument developed for ESO (European Southern Observatory) to be installed on the VLT (Very Large Telescope) in year 2012. The MUSE project is supported by a European consortium of 7 institutes. After a successful Final Design Review the project is now facing a turning point which consist in shifting from design to manufacturing, from calculation to test, ... from dream to reality. At the start, many technical and management challenges were there as well as unknowns. They could all be derived of the same simple question: How to deal with complexity? The complexity of the instrument, of the work to de done, of the organization, of the interfaces, of financial and procurement rules, etc. This particular moment in the project life cycle is the opportunity to look back and evaluate the management methods implemented during the design phase regarding this original question. What are the lessons learn? What has been successful? What could have been done differently? Finally, we will look forward and review the main challenges of the MAIT (Manufacturing Assembly Integration and Test) phase which has just started as well as the associated new processes and evolutions needed.
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