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Paper: HIPE, HIPE, Hooray!
Volume: 442, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XX (ADASSXX)
Page: 347
Authors: Ott, S.
Abstract: (On behalf of all contributors to the Herschel mission)
The Herschel Space Observatory, the fourth cornerstone mission in the ESA science program, was launched 14th of May 2009. With a 3.5 m telescope, it is the largest space telescope ever launched. Herschel's three instruments (HIFI, PACS, and SPIRE) perform photometry and spectroscopy in the 55–671 micron range and will deliver exciting science for the astronomical community during at least three years of routine observations. Starting October 2009 Herschel has been performing and processing observations in routine science mode. The development of the Herschel Data Processing System (HIPE) started nine years ago to support the data analysis for Instrument Level Tests. To fulfil the expectations of the astronomical community, additional resources were made available to implement a freely distributable Data Processing System capable of interactively and automatically reducing Herschel data at different processing levels. The system combines data retrieval, pipeline execution, data quality checking and scientific analysis in one single environment. HIPE is the user-friendly face of Herschel interactive Data Processing. The software is coded in Java and Jython to be platform independent and to avoid the need for commercial licenses. It is distributed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL), permitting everyone to access and to re-use its code. We will summarise the current capabilities of the Herschel Data Processing system, highlight how the Herschel Data Processing system supported the Herschel observatory to meet the challenges of this large project, give an overview about future development milestones and plans, and how the astronomical community can contribute to HIPE.
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