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Paper: Preparing for the Next Generation of Radio Observatory Operations
Volume: 527, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXIX
Page: 327
Authors: Moss, V.
Abstract: Operations of radio telescopes around the world have evolved significantly over the past decade, due to the dramatic increase in telescope complexity, available technology and data rate. In order to progress smoothly into the era of the Square Kilometre Array and other global-scale projects, it is important to bring together the lessons learned from existing observatories (such as the importance of automation for handling complex systems) and use these to shape the next generation of observatory operations. The challenges to be faced are spread across the realm of operations, such as rapid scheduling/response, configuration of the telescope system, visualisation of the complex raw data, data quality assessment of multi-dimensional data, “big data” management, automated processing and fast transfer to long-term archives. I will outline challenges faced and addressed in my previous role as Head of Apertif Telescope Operations, where I managed operations during the final commissioning stage of the Apertif upgrade to the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope, as well as in my current role as Head of ASKAP Science Operations with CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science and in experiences working with telescopes such as LOFAR, ATCA and the Parkes 64 m radio telescope. Based on my various experiences in operations of different instruments, I will offer insight into some of the key considerations needed to inform and develop a good model for future SKA operations.
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