The scheduling process starts with a database full of AORs, a spacecraft engineering plan,
and a set of instrument calibration plans. There are three major stages: Long Range Planning
(LRP), Scheduling, and Sequencing. Go to the SSC Scheduling Page
for an overview.
Spitzer Multi-Year Schedule 2002 - 2008
The nominal start date for Cycle-1 was July 1, 2004 and the nominal end date was May 31, 2005.
However, these dates must be flexible to accommodate the actual performance of the observatory,
the overall efficiency of telescope operations, and the reservoir of schedulable observations.
For planning purposes,
investigators may assume that any boundaries have uncertainties of (plus/minus) one month. The SSC
has posted charts of the multi-year schedule in
HTML and as a
Weekly Time-Ordered Listings (TOL)