Packing and Shipping
The instrument packing is under our Department's responsibility. It is prepared well in advance and optimized to be as fast as possible since schedules are always very tight. Most often the shipment is sent by plane to the Chilean ESO Observatories. During this long trip, the boxes encounter shocks and vibrations especially on desert's road and during handling. Therefore, instruments are shipped disassembled or partially disassembled, which results in a longer re-integration at the telescope.
Packing is a crucial operation because of potential damages and failures which sometimes cannot be solved on the Observatory sites.
Assembly, Integration and Testing