Preparing for the era of ELTs: Precursor surveys, coordinated campaigns and operations planning
J Mould, S Strom, D Silva
Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union | Published : 2005
We illustrate the need for planning surveys and coordinated observations, using representative science cases developed for ELTs by the GSMT Science Working Group. We conclude that enabling surveys and coordinated observations is critical to ELTs and that ground-based optical and radio and space-based facilities are needed. A world-wide systems approach is needed to support ELT campaigns. We discuss early planning for ELT operations, based on discussions in progress within the TMT partnership. We conclude that developing an architecture to accommodate end-to-end observation and data management will be essential to achieving near-term and legacy goals. © 2006 International Astronomical Union.