PLANCK LFI Instrument Performance Monitoring

Instrument performance monitoring is a critical part of mission operations and the long term performance of the experiment. The instrument performance monitoring tasks during operations are likely to be divided into the following categories:
  • Instrument Performance Monitoring During Operations
  • To provide these major level tasks for PLANCK LFI instrument performance monitoring will require substantial preparation and also a reservoir of knowledgeable scientists and engineers. Work will need to be done prior to launch to develop the instrument monitoring guidelines and then more after launch to refine and further develop those guidelines. We can also anticipate that a significant effort will be needed to understand the instrument performance and trends in much greater detail than the simple filter, status, sieve, and trending done for the instrument performance monitoring routinely. This will require personnel with the expertise to understand the detectors and instrument at a deep level. e.g. thermal performance, sensor behavior, etc. These are called out roughly in the following list.
  • Instrument Performance and Trend Monitoring Preparation and In-Depth
  • However, all the expertise and knowledge about the instrument and its various subsystems will not reside there. So the knowledgeable and responsible personnel will have to provide support in both the development of the instrument performance monitoring processes, in the processes remotely, through verification and validation of the instrument performance monitoring, e.g. review of reports and results, and through in-depth monitoring of the instrument performance and long-term health. This is one of the areas in which the US and NASA supported staff can be very valuable to the Planck mission.

  • Tasks and Roles for Instrument Experts