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Paper: Real Time Science Displays for the Proportional Counter Array Experiment on the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer
Volume: 125, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems VI
Page: 389
Authors: Giles, A. B.
Abstract: The Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) spacecraft contains a large Proportional Counter Array (PCA) experiment which produces high count rates for many X-ray sources. Telemetry from RXTE is returned via the NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) which provides a stream of nearly continuous real time data packets. This allows opportunity for some serious real time interpretation and decision making by the experiment controller, duty scientist, and Guest Observer (GO), if present. The GOs also have the option of arranging for the remote display of programs at their home institution. This paper briefly describes the available Science Monitoring subsystem display options.
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