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Herschel Lessons Learned Meeting: "Operations from Cradle to Grave"

Where ESAC / Rooms D1/D2
Duration up to 3 days
Start Tue 28 May 09:00
End Thu 30 May 16:00


DEADLINE for ABSTRACTS: eob May 6 2013 (The Science Operations Coordination Group will assess the inputs received on May 7)

Scope and goals

Objectives of the Lessons Learned exercise

Top-level objectives for the end-May 2013 Lessons Learned Meeting

  • Capture the good, the bad, and the ugly, in particular "best practices" to be passed on for future missions, but should also document particular problems and in general important experience.

  • Generate conclusions and recommendations based on the above.

  • Propagate the above LL output (into ESA and towards future missions) as appropriate.

  • Generate a written Report and presentation(s).

Outline scope for the "Operations from Cradle to Grave" LL Meeting (May 28-30)*

The details will be elaborated as material is submitted. [Material = Abstracts or, for other LL suggestions contact a HSC Group Leader for your area of interest, or your ICC Manager.]

The overall Mission design concept and methodology
   • Mission Design & Technical drivers (incl. orbit, space environment, lifetime, science data bandwidth, ACMS & pointing, DTCP/GS, …)
   • Structure of SGS, division of responsibilities, and organisation
   • Concept of Smooth Transitions
   • HCSS - Concept, development, and components (MDB, CUS, HSpot, Configuration Control, Build System, System Integration, Testing and Validation)
   • Calibration (Standards & modelling; cross-calibration: Herschel-Herschel, Herschel-other missions)

Operations Processes and Procedures
   • Operations preparations
   • Support to instrument level tests
   • End-to-end tests and simulations
   • LEOP and Commissioning Phase
         * Calibration, in-flight performance, evaluation, verification, and optimisation
   • PV Phase
         * AOT-release, calibration, in-flight performance, evaluation, verification, and optimisation
   • Science Demonstration Phase
         * KP-release, A&A Special Issue, information provision for AO-1
   • Routine Science Phase
         * Calibration, in-flight performance, evaluation, verification, and optimisation
         * Scheduling strategy, policies, flexibility, re-planning
         * Community Support - Level of service provided to community (excl. downlink)
         * Helpdesk
         * Information provision (documentation, mailings, and web)
         * Workshops (uplink/HSpot, downlink/HIPE, topical)
         * Observing programme maintenance/replanning, programme conflicts & optimisation, duplications tools, HOTAC tools, HOTAC meetings
         * Downlink (other than DP and Archive)
         * MDB / Versant ...

Data processing
   • Providing data to observers - pipeline processing, standard products, HSA population, on demand reprocessing, and interactive data processing
   • HIPE provision - design rationale, technical choices (Java, Jython), scope, implementation, ...
   • HIPE use - performance, user friendliness & support, interaction with other packages, ...

Herschel Science Archive (HSA)
   • User friendliness and support , HSA population, on-demand reprocessing, interaction with other archives & VO

Science Management
   • Amount of GT, proprietary time
   • Concept of KP
   • Concept of SDP
   • Scheduling philosophy ("best use of helium" the principal driver)
   • Handling of calibration observations 

Methodology of the exercise

  • Material, in the form of Abstracts of proposed talks will be gathered, with the deadline for receiving abstracts being eob on May 6 2013.

  • An effort will be made to associate an "Advocate" with each key area of the meeting, who could:
    • present a summary/distillation of the collected views
    • lead the discussion in the meeting
    • write up the key conclusions afterwards as input to the overall summary.


Registration & Abstract Submission

Accommodation & Transportation

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