The MagAO project hosted our Pre-Ship Review (PSR) last week at Arcetri Observatory in Florence. The purpose of this review was to ensure that lab work on the AO system is complete and that MagAO is ready to move to the telescope for on-sky commissioning.
Six external reviewers (4 in person and 2 by videocon) gave us their time and attention for 2 days in real time, as well as studying up beforehand and writing a report after the fact. The scope of their expertise covered subjects from large telescopes, commissioning AO systems, instrument development, logistical implementation, real-time software, and adaptive secondaries.
The review lasted 2 days and included presentations, discussions, and a demonstration of the AO system in the tower, controlled from the chem. lab. Topics included a description of the Magellan telescope, an overview of the MagAO project and instrument, the scientific justification, detailed technical descriptions of all subsystems, logistical considerations, and our plans for commissioning. The reviewers considered everything in detail and gave us a report in the format of Findings, Comments, and Recommendations.
The review went very well — the reviewers were extremely thorough and helpful. They included three requirements and four recommendations, as well as findings and comments. We are working to address the requirements identified by the panel, before we ship to Chile. Two have been addressed already this week, and the third is waiting for next week.