Observation scheduling for a network of small-aperture telescopes

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Duncan, A. R.. 2007. "Observation scheduling for a network of small-aperture telescopes." Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia. 24 (2), pp. 53-60. https://doi.org/10.1071/AS07011
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Observation scheduling for a network of small-aperture telescopes

ERA Journal ID40237
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorDuncan, A. R.
Journal TitlePublications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
Journal Citation24 (2), pp. 53-60
Number of Pages8
Year2007
PublisherCambridge University Press
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1323-3580
1448-6083
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1071/AS07011
Abstract

Over the past several years, a system for accepting, servicing and returning the results from a
large number of imaging requests has been developed for use with automated optical telescopes. One of the
primary goals of this project is to increase the accessibility of astronomy to school, college and university
students. A key component of this system is a request scheduling engine, which produces schedules for each
telescope for its current night. This engine is dynamic, adjusting schedules to accommodate new requests and
rescheduling failed requests on a time scale of the order of ten minutes. If a telescope is unavailable for an
extended period, imaging requests will be reallocated to other telescopes in the network. Various models of
dynamic scheduling are considered, and the current implementation is explored with a number of numerical
experiments.

Keywordsnumerical methods; telescopes; request scheduling
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020519999. Other physical sciences not elsewhere classified
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