Queue scheduling the Alan Cousins Telescope

dc.contributor.advisorMartinez, Peter
dc.contributor.authorMaartens, Deneys Sean
dc.date.accessioned2020-03-04T07:56:30Z
dc.date.available2020-03-04T07:56:30Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.date.updated2020-03-04T07:50:46Z
dc.description.abstractThe Alan Cousins Telescope is a 0.75-m automatic photoelectric telescope situated at the South African Astronomical Observatory, in Sutherland. The telescope was designed and built to execute a range of photometry programmes, but is used mainly for the long-term monitoring of variable stars. In addition, there is the potential for target-of-opportunity observations of unanticipated events, such as gamma ray bursts, and anticipated events such as occultations. Ultimately the telescope is intended to be a fully robotic telescope with limited operational support needs. Some advance toward this goal has been made by a full hardware interface to allow queue executions of observations. The next phase is the implementation of an automated scheduler that will generate a queue of valid observations for each night of observation. Queue scheduling algorithms are widely used in astronomy and the aim of this dissertation is to present a strawman scheduler that will generate the nightly observation queue. The main design of the scheduler is based on a merit-based system implemented at the STELLA robotic observatory, paired with the scheduling algorithms used by SOFIA. The main drawback of the telescope is that it does not currently accommodate dynamically changing weather conditions. As a consequence, the main scheduling constraints are observation parameters, instrument ability, and for monitoring type observations, observation time window constraints.
dc.identifier.apacitationMaartens, D. S. (2019). <i>Queue scheduling the Alan Cousins Telescope</i>. (). ,Engineering and the Built Environment ,Department of Electrical Engineering. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/31460en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationMaartens, Deneys Sean. <i>"Queue scheduling the Alan Cousins Telescope."</i> ., ,Engineering and the Built Environment ,Department of Electrical Engineering, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/31460en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationMaartens, D.S. 2019. Queue scheduling the Alan Cousins Telescope. . ,Engineering and the Built Environment ,Department of Electrical Engineering. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/31460en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Maartens, Deneys Sean AB - The Alan Cousins Telescope is a 0.75-m automatic photoelectric telescope situated at the South African Astronomical Observatory, in Sutherland. The telescope was designed and built to execute a range of photometry programmes, but is used mainly for the long-term monitoring of variable stars. In addition, there is the potential for target-of-opportunity observations of unanticipated events, such as gamma ray bursts, and anticipated events such as occultations. Ultimately the telescope is intended to be a fully robotic telescope with limited operational support needs. Some advance toward this goal has been made by a full hardware interface to allow queue executions of observations. The next phase is the implementation of an automated scheduler that will generate a queue of valid observations for each night of observation. Queue scheduling algorithms are widely used in astronomy and the aim of this dissertation is to present a strawman scheduler that will generate the nightly observation queue. The main design of the scheduler is based on a merit-based system implemented at the STELLA robotic observatory, paired with the scheduling algorithms used by SOFIA. The main drawback of the telescope is that it does not currently accommodate dynamically changing weather conditions. As a consequence, the main scheduling constraints are observation parameters, instrument ability, and for monitoring type observations, observation time window constraints. DA - 2019 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - Space Studies LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PY - 2019 T1 - Queue scheduling the Alan Cousins Telescope TI - Queue scheduling the Alan Cousins Telescope UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/31460 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/31460
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationMaartens DS. Queue scheduling the Alan Cousins Telescope. []. ,Engineering and the Built Environment ,Department of Electrical Engineering, 2019 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/31460en_ZA
dc.language.rfc3066eng
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Electrical Engineering
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
dc.subjectSpace Studies
dc.titleQueue scheduling the Alan Cousins Telescope
dc.typeMaster Thesis
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters
dc.type.qualificationnameMPhil
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