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Lessons learned in extended-extended Spitzer Space Telescope operations

Storrie-Lombardi, Lisa J. and Kahr, Bolinda E. and Hunt, Joseph C. and Carey, Sean and Bennett, Carson Lee and Silbermann, Nancy and Scire, Elena and Mahoney, William A. and Lowrance, Patrick (2018) Lessons learned in extended-extended Spitzer Space Telescope operations. In: Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII. Proceedings of SPIE. No.10704. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 107041D. ISBN 9781510619616.

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The Spitzer Space Telescope is executing the ninth year of extended operations beyond its 5.5-year prime mission. The project anticipated a maximum extended mission of about four years when the first mission extension was proposed. The robustness of the observatory hardware and the creativity of the project engineers and scientists in overcoming hurdles to operations has enabled a substantially longer mission lifetime. This has led to more challenges with an aging groundsystem due to resource reductions and decisions made early in the extended mission based on a shorter planned lifetime. We provide an overview of the extended mission phases, challenges met in maintaining and enhancing the science productivity, and what we would have done differently if the extended mission was planned from the start to be nearly twice as long as the prime mission.

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Storrie-Lombardi, Lisa J.0000-0002-5987-5210
Carey, Sean0000-0002-0221-6871
Bennett, Carson Lee0000-0001-8839-7206
Lowrance, Patrick0000-0001-8014-0270
Additional Information:© 2018 Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).
Group:Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
Subject Keywords:Spitzer Space Telescope, operations, extended mission, space telescopes
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:10704
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20180724-074721992
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Official Citation:Lisa J. Storrie-Lombardi, Bolinda E. Kahr, Joseph C. Hunt, Sean Carey, Carson Lee Bennett, Nancy Silbermann, Elena Scire, William A. Mahoney, Patrick Lowrance, "Lessons learned in extended-extended Spitzer Space Telescope operations", Proc. SPIE 10704, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII, 107041D (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2314116;
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:24 Jul 2018 14:59
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