Parts Inventory and Storage
Instruments are made of thousands of parts that can go from a single screw to big structures, expensive mirrors, gratings, detectors. The procurement process is long, sometimes years, and it is therefore very important to maintain a good inventory of all components and store them in a suitable environment. Although it seems quite boring, this stage is necessary to insure the efficiency of the integration phase, when all components must be ready to be used and easy to retrieve.
Assembly, Integration and Testing