The Array Side
Friday, 26-Sep-2008 12:15:34 MDT
The array operator sits at this
console and keeps an eye on what is happening at each VLBA site.
The antennas are pointed at the source to be observed via a
computer program transmitted to each site over the Internet or a
phone modem. During an observation "monitor data" is transmitted
back to this console. The data is decoded and displayed on these
monitors, keeping the operator informed about such things as
current problems with equipment temperatures and pressure
readings, current weather at each antenna, the local time at each
antenna (the VLBA spans seven time zones), and other status
information. The operator also keeps in touch with the
technicians at each site to discuss problems with the system or
changes in the schedules.
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