Observation scheduling for a network of small-aperture telescopes

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. ISSN 1323-3580


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

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version not held.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 06 May 2010 06:23
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: numerical methods; telescopes; request scheduling
Fields of Research : 02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020102 Astronomical and Space Instrumentation
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1071/AS07011
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7955

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