Reviews culminated in November Board meeting assessing preparation for
ES. Board statement: lots of great progress. ALMA works. There will
be a preannouncement for call for proposals in early January, with a
call issued in the first quarter (likely March) of 2011 by the JAO.
Proposals will be due in June.
Future ALMA meeting: possible JWST joint meeting discussed by Rachel
Osten. Maybe not right time frame (too early). In any case, likely
venue for some ALMA activity, like an ALMA day. Other ideas for ALMA
meeting: something connected to the EVLA/GBT? Perhaps including a
Solar System component? Mini group including Jonathan Williams,
Douglas Scott, and Andrew Baker will discuss some ideas and present a
few options at next telecon. Other people interested to join are
Other ALMA activities: call for institutions interested in hosting
ALMA science days.
Status update: Next antenna on several 100 meter baseline to test
phase correction. Five 7 meter antennas at OSF. Alcatel 1 projected
acceptance in March. Second Alcatel ready to begin pointing
tests. Vertex 10 accepted and moved to the OSF. Vertex 11 and 12 being
tested. Japanese antennas: PMO3 likely acceptance on Monday. PMO4 by
the end of the month. Receivers somewhat lagging because of reviews
and unified testing scheme, but now flowing to Chile.
Doug Johnston, reporting from OSF: big shift in stability of the
system, still lots of faults but level or workability has really
#5 mostly reviewed in the previous telecon. John will post information
about the working groups.
Call for development proposals still in "wordsmithing" stage. Next
stage is approval by AUI,NSF. After that will be circulated among
partners in Taiwan, Canada. NRAO will form a council for technical
review. Overall reviews will be carried out by an outside panel.
Respectfully submitted, A. Bolatto