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Paper: The Scientific Uplink System for SIRTF: Design to Implementation
Volume: 281, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XI
Page: 152
Authors: Dodd, Suzanne R.; Heinrichsen, Ingolf
Abstract: The Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) is the last of NASA's Great Observatory missions, scheduled for launch in July 2002. SIRTF will perform an extended series of science observations at wavelengths ranging from 20 to 160 microns for five years or more. The California Institute of Technology is the home for the SIRTF Science Center (SSC). The SSC is responsible for supporting the scientific community with observation design and scheduling, and production and archiving of data products. The SIRTF ground segment design is driven by the requirement to provide strong support to the entire astronomical community, while automating several functions in order to save operations costs. In the past year, the ground segment software has evolved from an early development system into an operational system, currently supporting both SIRTF Legacy Teams and Guaranteed Time Observers. This paper describes the Uplink Segment software developed at the SIRTF Science Center, addresses the remaining development work to be completed this winter, and gives a brief list of lessons learned during the transition from system design to system implementation. This work was performed at the California Institute of Technology under contract to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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