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Paper: The Application of Artificial Intelligence to Astronomical Scheduling Problems
Volume: 6, Twenty Years of ADASS
Page: 11
Authors: Johnston, M. D.
Abstract: As artificial intelligence (AI) technology has moved from the research laboratory into more and more widespread use, one of the leading applications in astronomy has been to high-profile observation scheduling. The SPIKE scheduling system was developed by the Space telescope Science Institute (STScI) for the purpose of long-range scheduling of Hubble Space Telescope (HST). SPIKE has been in daily operational use at STScI since well before HST launch in April 1990. The system has also been adapted to schedule other missions: one of these missions (EUVE) is currently operational, while another (ASTRO-D) will be launched in February 1993. Some other future space astronomy missions (XTE, SWAS, and AXAF) are making tentative plans to us SPIKE. SPIKE has proven to be a powerful and flexible scheduling framework with applicability to a wide variety of problems.
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