The Messenger Telescopes and Instrumentation

End-to-End Operations in the ELT Era

  • Hainaut, Olivier R. [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Bierwirth, Thomas [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Brillant, Stéphane [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Mieske, Steffen [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Patat, Ferdinando [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Rejkuba, Marina [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Romaniello, Martino [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Sterzik, Michael [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]

Telescopes and Instrumentation

The Data Flow System is the infrastructure on which Very Large Telescope (VLT) observations are performed at the Observatory, before and after the observations themselves take place. Since its original conception in the late 1990s, it has evolved to accommodate new observing modes and new instruments on La Silla and Paranal. Several updates and upgrades are needed to overcome its obsolescence and to integrate requirements from the new instruments from the community and, of course, from ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), which will be integrated into Paranal’s operations. We describe the end-to-end operations and the resulting roadmap guiding their further development.

Created: 2018-03-01/2018-03-31
6 pages

Cite this article:

O. Hainaut, T. Bierwirth, S. Brillant, S. Mieske, F. Patat, M. Rejkuba, M. Romaniello, M. Sterzik; End-to-End Operations in the ELT Era. The Messenger 171 (March 2018): 8–13.