Organizations and Strategies in Astronomy

Volume III

  • André Heck

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 280)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. André Heck
    Pages 1-10
  3. David G. Finley
    Pages 21-34
  4. Valerie Shrimplin
    Pages 63-69
  5. Chris R. Benn
    Pages 85-94
  6. Valeriano Claros, Daniel Ponz
    Pages 95-105
  7. Jan Palouš, Jan Vondrák, Martin Šolc
    Pages 163-179
  8. Vojtech Rušin, Jan Svoreň, Juraj Zverko
    Pages 181-190
  9. Joshua B. Stein
    Pages 191-199
  10. André Heck
    Pages 217-234

About this book

Introduction

We have arrived at the third volume of this useful series on Organiza­ tions and Strategies in Astronomy (OSA). It contains seventeen articles on a wide range of topics, from virtual observatories, astronomy organizations in various communities (Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, South Africa), and the role of ground stations in space observatories, to quality assurance in UK higher education. In this foreword, I shall give some views on ideas expressed in this volume, in particular from my personal experience when I was project officer for the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT). Let me first remind readers that present and future astronomy is in­ creasingly dependent on high-level management. Not everybody knows that the scheduling of the Hubble Space Telescope is performed by a neural­ network software called SPIKE, described in the stimulating workshop New Observing Modes for the Next Centuryl, partly reported in OSA Volume II by 1. Robson. New observing facilities, in space or on the ground, are so complex that they need highly qualified engineers and rigorous management procedures. Each observing hour on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) fa­ cility is worth about EUR 7,000, including the amortization of the capital expenses over 30 years. This does not leave much room for amateurism, neither in the time allocation procedures, nor in the daily telescope control.

Keywords

Evaluation Nation Observatories astronomy astrophysics education environment sociology space science

Editors and affiliations

  • André Heck
    • 1
  1. 1.Strasbourg Astronomical ObservatoryFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-0606-4
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3932-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0606-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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