Re-integration at the Telescope
Instruments are sent at the telescope several weeks before the 1rst observing night. There, our department takes care of the re-integration in collaboration with ESO local staff. Our work consists in re-building the instrument and bringing it at the same acceptance level as it was in Europe. In addition, it must be attached and aligned with the telescope. All this lasts for few weeks and MUST be finalized at a very strict deadline.
After the champagne and during the following nights, the instrument is commissioned which means it is declared capable for scientific observations. In this process the system is tuned to reach its optimal performances under telescope and sky conditions by system engineers and astronomers.
Assembly, Integration and Testing