AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 22 First Results from the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF)
Poster, Monday, January 5, 2004, 9:20am-6:30pm, Hanover Hall

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[22.05] Bringing the Observatory to Life: SIRTF Science Operations

G. Helou (CalTech), SIRTF Science Center Team

SIRTF science operations were designed and built by the SSC for efficiency in on-orbit operations, flexibility in dealing with on-orbit surprises, and responsivity to the needs of the science users. The Science Operations System (SOS) consists of an integrated suite of software tools and processing engines, databases and file systems that support operations with a high degree of automation. The SOS has performed well in supporting observatory operations since the start of In-Orbit Check-Out, even though it was designed primarily for routine operations. All observing modes were successfully exercised as planned, including moving target observations and scan-mapping modes. Data processing pipelines have worked well, and provided scientifically useful products from the outset.

Pre-launch observatory operational testing and careful design reflecting lessons from previous missions paid off: The system was both well prepared for commanding and processing data, and was easily adapted to accommodate on-orbit realities or new science needs.

SIRTF is a NASA Mission built and operated by JPL, Caltech

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