The AGILE data center and its legacy
We present an overview of the main AGILE data center activities and architecture. AGILE is a space mission of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) in joint collaboration with INAF, INFN, CIFS, and with the participation of several Italian space industry companies. The AGILE satellite was launched on April 23, 2007, and is devoted to the observation of the gamma-ray Universe in the 30 MeV–50 GeV energy range, with simultaneous X-ray imaging capability in the 18–60 keV band. The AGILE Data Center, part of the ASI multi-mission Space Science Data Center (SSDC, previously known as ASDC) is in charge of all the scientific operations: data management, archiving, distribution of AGILE data and scientific software, and user support. Thanks to its sky monitoring capability and fast ground segment alert system, AGILE is substantially improving our knowledge of the gamma-ray sky, and provides a crucial contribution to multimessenger follow-up of gravitational waves and neutrinos.
KeywordsGamma rays: observations Astronomical data bases: miscellaneous Data center
This paper in written on behalf of the scientific team of the AGILE Data Center at SSDC, which is currently composed by: C. Pittori (coordinator), F. Lucarelli, and F. Verrecchia (deputy coordinator), with the main IT support of G. Fanari (Telespazio). Many people have contributed to the ADC in the past 10 years, including scientific staff and IT support staff, with variable FTEs depending on the operational phase of the Mission. We acknowledge the contribution of (in alphabetical order): A. Antonelli, S. Cutini, S. Colafrancesco, D. Gasparrini, P. Giommi, M. E. Pennisi, B. Preger, P. Santolamazza (scientific support); F. Acerra, P. D’Angeli, A. Guerra, D. Navarra, W. Oliva, R. Primavera, S. Stellato, F. Tamburelli (IT support). The ADC operate in close relationship with the Telespazio Mission Operation Center at Fucino, and in particular with the spacecraft operations manager (SOM) P. Tempesta. We also thank the AGILE Mission Board, composed of: the PI of the AGILE Mission M. Tavani, the Co-I G. Barbiellini, the ASI Project Scientist P. Giommi, the current ASI Mission Director F. D’Amico, as well as the former Mission Directors: Luca Salotti, up to September 20, 2010, and Giovanni Valentini up to January 22, 2015, and the ASI representative E. Tommasi di Vignano. We would like to acknowledge the financial support of ASI under Contract to INAF: ASI 2014-049-R.0 dedicated to SSDC. The paper is dedicated to the memory of the late Francesca Tamburelli.
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