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Spitzer operations: scheduling the out years

Mahoney, William A. and Effertz, Mark J. and Fisher, Mark E. and Garcia, Lisa J. and Hunt, Joseph C., Jr. and Mannings, Vincent and McElroy, Douglas B. and Scire, Elena (2012) Spitzer operations: scheduling the out years. In: Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV. Proceedings of SPIE. No.8448. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 84481Z. ISBN 9780819491497.

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Spitzer Warm Mission operations have remained robust and exceptionally efficient since the cryogenic mission ended in mid-2009. The distance to the observatory now exceeds 1 AU, making telecommunications increasingly difficult; however, analysis has shown that two-way communication could be maintained through at least 2017 with minimal loss in observing efficiency. The science program continues to emphasize the characterization of exoplanets, time domain studies, and deep surveys, all of which can impose interesting scheduling constraints. Recent changes have significantly improved on-board data compression, which both enables certain high volume observations and reduces Spitzer's demand for competitive Deep Space Network resources.

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Additional Information:© 2012 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). The Spitzer Space Telescope is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology, under National Aeronautics and Space Administration contract number 1407. The authors wish to thank Try Lam of the JPL Navigation Team for provided Figure 1 showing the Spitzer orbit.
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Subject Keywords:Spitzer, spacecraft operations, observation scheduling
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Official Citation:William A. Mahoney ; Mark J. Effertz ; Mark E. Fisher ; Lisa J. Garcia ; Joseph C. Hunt ; Vincent Mannings ; Douglas B. McElroy and Elena Scire " Spitzer operations: scheduling the out years ", Proc. SPIE 8448, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV, 84481Z (September 13, 2012); doi:10.1117/12.926584;
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