2.1 AO cycle
AstroSat is operated in a pre-planned manner i.e proposers are not present at Mission Operations Complex during the execution of their observations. Thus, all observations must be specified in full details in advance.
- The percentage of observing time for executing AO proposals during October 2017 – September 2018 is 60% and is termed as third AO cycle.
- Out of 60%, 45% time is exclusive for Indian proposers as Principal Investigators (PIs) to utilise AstroSat observatory time. They could be interested researchers, scientists and astronomy community at large, involved in scientific research in the field of astronomy and are equipped to submit proposals as Principal Investigators (PIs) for specific target observations with necessary scientific and technical justification and can analyse the data, if the target is observed based on approvals. In addition, 10% of the time is for international proposers from the global astronomy community. Remaining 5% of time is for ToO proposals (see 2.2).
- In order to expand the AstroSat user community, it is recommended that those who are submitting proposals as PIs in Guaranteed Time (GT) cycle, encourage other astronomers to be PI in AO proposals. If a proposer from a university, college or any institution submitting a proposal under AO cycle wishes to have a Co-I from any payload teams to get help in data analysis or needs support on science related issues, he/she may do so in consultation with the payload team leads as provided in the handbook.
- All the selected AO proposals will be inserted into the observing schedule. However, few observations approved in this AO cycle may be scheduled outside of the above period, in case there is operations requirement, which will be provided by AstroSat Mission.
- Proposers are requested not to duplicate any of the planned observations and should carefully justify duplications if any, with performed observations. Proposers have to check the list of objects and instrument parameters for observations already/ being carried out using AstroSat. A Red book containing these targets will be made available in the ISSDC website. Proposers wishing to observe any of these targets should justify why it is important to do so and what additional information will come from the proposed observations. See also section 4.
- Checks for duplications will be performed by ATAC while processing the proposals during the scientific review.