ACTION: Follow up with UMd on SOW for Casa Carma filler/pathway
ACTION: Generate streamlined description of Richer ALMA PRC document for ANASAC
ACTION: Assign ANASAC charge to review Richer ALMA PRC document and provide written comment by Jan 9.
ACTION: Send ASAC report on ALMA Development to Carilli for inclusion in NRAO Decadal white paper
ACTION: Send NRAO Decadal white-paper to Wootten
ACTION: Call meeting to discuss wording for ALMA development in NRAO Decadal white paper
NAASC News (Hibbard)
Any news on our advertised positions? We reviewed. If anyone hears of anyone who applied for one of our jobs, tell Carol so she can check that materials were received. Does OSAA go outside of HR? JH confirmed that they do.
Helpdesk document turned over from JH to AE Oct 15.
Much work on getting JAO budget for 2009+ approved.
No progress on effort to write SOW with UMd to write pathlength for Carma data into CASA. AI on JH to follow up on this
ALMA Milestones: What milestones can we say in public? SciOps is reporting the following at AAER next mo BG said that these are the same milestones that Thijs showed at computing review:
Start of CSV (3 ant at AOS): Nov 2009
Early Science Decision Point/Call for Proposals: Nov 2010
Early Science Start: July 2011
In response to revised JAO milestones and NSF "continuing resolution" funding for at least the start of FY09, the NAASC plans to (1) delay CSV support trips to Chile until the Fall; (2) delay archive support till FY2010; (3) encourage later start dates for currently advertised positions (CSV2, casa developer) and postpone other planned hires (web developer, EPO specialist, archive techs). To be discussed in detail at SciOpsIPT f2f meeting Jan12-14 in Santiago. If CR continues, may also defer tutorials, f2f meetings, workshops until FY2010.
Fred released Richer committee document on suggested ALMA Proposal Review process. NAASC had a quick review of this on 11/24. Summary ppt generated by JH. AW, CL, JH met with FL on Monday 12/1 to finalize NRAO viewpoint & Fred sent to NAOJ & ESO directors saying they should solicit regional input. AW will write streamlined summary of process for ANASAC, and CL will assign charge to ANASAC on behalf of Fred to give written input on process by Jan 11-13 f2f meeting of ARC managers, who will then create a revised draft.
Project News (Wootten) A view from the newly completed holography tower No. 2 toward the Operations Support Facility. Seven Vertex antennas and four Mitsubishi Electric Company (Melco) antennas (left foreground) are now on the site, with six visible in the panorama above. Four others are erected in the Vertex Site Erection Facility (SEF), the building in the left background. Nearby two Vertex antennas are being tested just outside the building. Inside the SEF, one antenna awaits assembly. Four Melco antennas lie in front of the Vertex complex. In the immediate left foreground, an area is being prepared for the first AEM antennas, expected to arrive from Europe soon. To the right is the Operation Support Facility Technical Building complex, now being readied for the arrival of the first of the production antennas. A transporter will move the antenna, expected to be Melco No 2 (second from right of the four in the picture) to the courtyard at the OSF TB, center right. The transporters can be seen in their shelter, to the right and above the courtyard.
Agreement with Taiwan
Decadal Survey Comittee named, vdBout a member
FIR/Submillimeter Astronomy from Space draft circulating.
ALMA Development draft presented to Board. Al wants to make sure ALMA development gets to decadal review in some form. He should send to Carilli committee (NRAO whitepaper), and Carilli should send him what they have written. Al also wishes to call a meeting to discuss how to promote ALMA development. Thats 3 new AIs.
The 12th contractor's antenna (Vertex No 8) arrived at the OSF on 27 November.
Antennas: Melco No 2 in shared use with AIV. Conditional acceptance expected in Dec. Vertex No 1 has completed Surface tests: metrology systems being worked on. Acceptance likely to be in February 2009.
Front Ends: The first "engineering model" has been installed in Melco No 2. Delivery - the second "engineering model" front-end is under test in Taiwan and should be shipped to Chile by end of 2008. Third from EU FEIC in Feb '09.
Correlator: Assembly of the first quadrant at the AOS has been completed and a full set of tests passed succesfully.
Software: Overall external review 17-23 Nov; preliminary report in.
Systems: New group under Nick Whyborn now active. Developing detailed procedures for testing and verification of systems requirements.