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 at the end of the integration phase, called Phase D. The Preliminary Acceptance Europe, which is the last milestone before sending the instrument to the observatory of Paranal in Chile, is a process of verification of the completion of the instrument, of its performances and of the related documentation. It is a long process (at least three months) that just began beginning of March 2017. When the PAE is successfully passed, the next phase, called Phase E, will start. It is the installation phase at Paranal, including the transport from Europe. These two phases are now planned in detail, as it can be seen in
the more recent scheduling of the project (version 2017/07/07).
The Coudé Train had to be integrated directly at Paranal, and therefore had a different scheduling. In first half of 2016, it reached the PAE milestone, and then started to be installed and commissioned in Paranal Observatory. The installation of the Coudé Train will be achieved by mid 2017, allowing the Observatory to welcome the instrument integration team installation in the second half 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: double||TP + 63-76 months||May 2016 – June 2017||Consortium premises|
|PAC||TP + 90 months||Aug 2018||ESO Paranal|
|FA||TP + 114 months||Aug 2020||ESO|