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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 15 April 2016 9.00am EDT

During the last week Chandra completed the observing schedule as planned.

Of note this week was the release on Apr 13 of MARX 5.3 and CIAO Scripts package 4.8.3. The MARX release fixes a bug that affects the point-spread function (PSF) for off-axis source simulations. The CIAO scripts package includes a new script, simulate_psf, simplifies the interface to MARX, allowing to simulate a source PSF for an existing observation while using the header information in the file of the existing observation to setup the simulation and projection. The script also supports projection of ChaRT/SAOTrace-generated rayfiles to the detector-plane. For details see:

Also of note this week was the Chandra Quarterly Review conducted on Apr 13 in Cambridge.

The schedule of targets for the next two weeks is shown below and includes observations of QSO 2237+0305, HETE J1900.1-2455 and SN2016bkv, which were accepted as Director's Discretionary Time Targets of Opportunity on Mar 9, Mar 17, and Apr 1 respectively, observations of IGR J17091-3624 and MXB 1659-298, which were accepted as Targets of Opportunity on Mar 25 and Apr 8 respectively, an observation of SGR 0755-2933, which was accepted as a Target of Opportunity on Mar 17 and is coordinated with NuSTAR, an observation of the Crab coordinated with HST, observations of IGR J17091-3624, MXB 1659-298, and M82 offset 2 coordinated with NuSTAR, and observations of SDSS J1128+0113, 2MASS J10051641+1703264, and 2MASS J11280702+0141304 coordinated with ground-based observatories.

        Radiation Belts                     Apr 18
        HETEJ1900.1-2455       ACIS-S
        TeacupAGN              ACIS-S       Apr 19
        UGC11185               ACIS-S
        SN2016bkv              ACIS-S       Apr 20
        M87                    ACIS-S
        Crab                   ACIS-S
        Radiation Belts                     Apr 21
        MXB1659-298            ACIS-S/HETG
        LBQS1203+1530          ACIS-S       Apr 22
        G282.08+54.04          ACIS-I
        SGR0755-2933           ACIS-S
        MCG+01-32-049          ACIS-S
        LBQS1240+1551          ACIS-S
        SDSSJ1128+0113         ACIS-S
        DragonfishAssociati    ACIS-I       Apr 23
        CentaurusA             ACIS-I
        Radiation Belts                     Apr 24
        QSO2237+0305           ACIS-S
        SDSSJ2222+2745         ACIS-S
        M82offset2             ACIS-I
        A1978                  ACIS-I       Apr 25
        Abell1795outskirts     ACIS-I
        SDSSJ2222+2745         ACIS-S
        Radiation Belts                     Apr 26
        UGC11185               ACIS-S
        2MASSJ10051641+1703    ACIS-S       Apr 27
        2MASSJ11280702+0141    ACIS-S
        M87                    ACIS-S
        BootesCy17-12          ACIS-I
        Abell1795outskirts     ACIS-I
        M87                    ACIS-S       Apr 28
        DragonfishAssociati    ACIS-I
        Radiation Belts                     Apr 29
        SDSSJ2222+2745         ACIS-S
        4U0513-40              ACIS-S/HETG
        XMMUJ122939.9+07533    ACIS-S       Apr 30
        ALPHACEN               HRC-I
        IGRJ17091-3624         ACIS-S/HETG
        M87                    ACIS-S
        4U0513-40              ACIS-S/HETG  May  1
        Radiation Belts                     May  2
        4U0513-40              ACIS-S/HETG
        ngc4406                ACIS-I


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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