the Project

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The Consumer is the Astronomical Community of the member states of ESO. Astronomers of these countries will be allowed to ask ESO for observing time with this instrument following exactly the same procedure as for any other ESO instrument. ESO ensures the necessary technical and organizational support. No exceptions or restrictions apply.

The Customer is ESO. On behalf of the Astronomical Community, ESO sub-contracts the realization of this instrument to the Contractor. ESO specifies the Technical Requirements and establishes a Statement of Work applicable to the Contractor, and verifies through Reviews held at various stages of the project that the project is led in fulfillment with the defined technical and managerial frame. As customer, ESO supervises the integration of the instrument and the software within the VLT environment.

The Science Team is distinguished from the Consortium. The Science Team is only linked to the instrument by the GTO agreement with ESO. The Science Team composition ensures the scientific return for each of the partners. Its composition will thus be directly linked to the investment each partner makes for the construction project. An internal Memorandum of Understanding states the rules for the science team constitution, competences and rights.

The contractor is a consortium described in the consortium page.

Status of the project

For the instrument itself, we are actually in the integration phase, called Phase D.
Here is the scheduling of the project (version 2016/04/05).

The Coudé Train has to be integrated directly at Paranal, and therefore has a different scheduling. In first half of 2016, it will reach the PAE milestone, and then be installed and commissioned in Paranal Observatory. the installation of the Coudé Train will be achieved by the end of 2016, allowing the Observatory to welcome the instrument integration team installation in the first months of 2017.

The milestones of the project are the following.

Milestone From TP Planned Date Site
TKO TP = 2011/02/01 Jan 17th–18th, 2011 Lisbon
PDR TP + 10 months Nov 29th–30th, 2011 ESO Garching
CCD FDR TP + 17 months Jun 18th, 2012 Porto
FDR TP + 27 months May 14th-16th, 2013 Garching
CT OFDR TP + 32 months October 29th, 2013 Paranal
Delta FDR TP + 47 months February 5th-6th, 2015 Vitacura
IRR: multiple TP + 50-69 months Apr 2015 – Nov 2016 Consortium premises
PAE: multiple TP + 60-69 months Feb – Nov 2016 Consortium premises
PAC TP + 78 months Aug 2017 ESO Paranal
FA TP + 102 months Aug 2019 ESO

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