Realtime Commanding Template Parameters
JWST's Realtime Commanding Template, available in the Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT), is used for Realtime commanding of JWST.
Purple text indicates the parameter is Limited Access.
Boldface italics type indicates the name of an APT parameter or a value for a parameter.
Red text indicates restrictions on a parameter.
Black text indicates an important note.
Brown text indicates notes for the developers.
Green text indicates the name of the parameter used by Commanding.
Items in brackets - <value> - are required values.
Items in square brackets - [<value>] - are optional.
The Realtime Commanding template is used for Realtime commanding of JWST in support of critical activities. These activities must occur during the command uplink periods of Deep Space Network (DSN) contacts. No other activities are allowed during this time period unless coordinated beforehand through the Realtime Commanding template.
An individual Realtime visit first executes slews and guide star acquisitions and then any preparation tasks which can take place prior to the start of the DSN contact. The Realtime commanding period starts after the scheduled start time of the DSN commanding uplink window. Optional cleanup tasks can also be executed if required.
The Special Requirements NO PARALLEL, REALTIME, REQUIRED, PCS MODE COARSE (if a target is chosen) or PCS MODE NONE (if target is NONE), and SPECIAL COMMANDING are implied for this template. is required so it will need sign-off by the Commanding team using OPGS. Otherwise, this visit cannot be added to the FLIGHT baseline, since the Special Commanding flag will prevent it from getting onto an OP until approved.
Note for developers: The SPECIAL COMMANDING text field is "Special Commanding Realtime Commanding".
The following parameters are used to define Realtime Commanding observations.
|assign observation number||number|
|Observation Label||provide observation label||text|
|Observation Comments||provide observation comments||text|
|select Target Name||choose from list||from Target List|
|specify special requirements||choose from list||if needed|
|Template specific information|
select target name
choose from list
from Target list
|Science Instrument||select science instrument||choose from list|
|Aperture||select aperture||choose from list||if target is selected|
|Realtime Duration||specify Realtime Duration||number|
|Handoff Window Duration||specify Handoff Window Duration||number|
|Initial Setup Duration||specify Initial Setup Duration||number|
|Cleanup Duration||specify Cleanup Duration||number|
Note for developer: Make NONE the default for Target Name.
SCIENCE INSTRUMENT [INSTRUMENT] = FGS, MIRI, NIRCAM, NIRISS, NIRSPEC, NONE
Specify the science instrument that is being used in the Realtime Commanding visit. If no science instrument is being used then select NONE.
Note for developer: If the Realtime Commanding visit is included in SEQ NON-INT observation list with EXCLUSIVE USE OF INSTRUMENT and the Science Instrument = NONE then APT should ignore the SCIENCE INSTRUMENT for the Realtime Commanding visit and not display an error.
Select an APERTURE if a Target Name was selected. Any legal value in the SIAF is allowed.
Note for developer: This is an expert user, so allowing any SIAF aperture should be fine, with no need to massage the name. Or we could come up with shorthands for the expected apertures, such as the Imager, MRS, NIRCam A and B, etc.
REALTIME DURATION [RTDURATION] specifies the maximum amount of time needed to complete the Realtime commanding. This duration must fall within a DSN uplink commanding window.
This value must be in the range 1 to 28800 seconds.
If HANDOFF WINDOW DURATION is not specified, REALTIME DURATION must be greater than or equal to 1800.
Handoff window duration
HANDOFF WINDOW DURATION [RTHANDOFF] specifies the time during which the S&OC FOT must acknowledge taking observatory control. Failure to respond within this window results in the Realtime observation being skipped after any cleanup activities are completed.
This parameter is optional but if specified must be in the range 1 to 28800 seconds, and must be less than or equal to REALTIME DURATION.
If not specified, this parameter will default to thirty minutes (1800 seconds) by OSS scripts
Initial setup duration
INITIAL SETUP DURATION [INITDURATION] specifies the amount of time required to complete any initial setup activities; this value must be in the range 0 to 28800 seconds.
CLEANUP DURATION [CLEANDURATION] specifies the amount of time required to complete any cleanup activities; this value must be in the range 0 to 28800 seconds.
Version 4 (February 21, 2022)
- PROPINSTJWST-83399 Updated limits and diagnostics for Realtime Duration and Handoff Window duration.
Version 3 (April 19, 2019)
- Editorial change (moved change log to main article)
Version 2 (October 5, 2017)
- PR 84147 - revised note on default special requirements
Version 1 (May 22, 2017)