During Observing

by Gustaaf Van Moorsel last modified Jul 08, 2012

Each VLBA program is run remotely from the SOC by VLBA operations.  No observing assistance by a VLBA user is expected, although VLBA operations should be able to reach the observer by telephone during the program.  As the program progresses, the array operator monitors the status of the antennas and the station data path, mainly using a compact yet comprehensive display program.  Various logging, calibration, and flagging data are automatically recorded by the monitor and control system running on the station computer at each VLBA site.  If necessary, the array operator can request local assistance from a site technician at each VLBA station.  Recorded media are automatically shipped from each VLBA station to the correlator specified by the observer.