AAS 195th Meeting, January 2000
Session 82. Data Handling
Display, Friday, January 14, 2000, 9:20am-6:30pm, Grand Hall

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[82.05] ``Big Bang" for NASA's Buck: Nearly Three Years of EUVE Mission Operations at UCB

B.A. Stroozas, R. Nevitt, K.E. McDonald, J. Cullison, R.F. Malina (Center for EUV Astrophysics, UC, Berkeley)

After over seven years in orbit, NASA's Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE) satellite continues to perform flawlessly and with no significant loss of science capabilities. EUVE continues to produce important and exciting science results and, with reentry not expected until 2003-2004, many more such discoveries await.

In the nearly three years since the outsourcing of EUVE from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the small EUVE operations team at the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) has successfully conducted all aspects of the EUVE mission -- from satellite operations, science and mission planning, and data processing, delivery, and archival, to software support, systems administration, science management, and overall mission direction.

This paper discusses UCB's continued focus on automation and streamlining, in all aspects of the Project, as the means to maximize EUVE's overall scientific productivity while minimizing costs. Multitasking, non-traditional work roles, and risk management have led to expanded observing capabilities while achieving significant cost reductions and maintaining the mission's historical 99 return.

This work was funded under NASA Cooperative Agreement NCC5-138.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: bretts@cea.berkeley.edu

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