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Semester 2007A Time Distribution

Semester 2007A Time Distribution


Gemini North: Time Availability and Distribution

A minimum of 90% of the time will be made available for science use in 2007A. This amounts to 163 nights, and includes "Compensatory Time" to the UK in return for the long-term transfer of Michelle to Gemini, and Gemini staff allocation.  No additional system verification or demo science time is currently planned for Gemini North in 2007A.  The number of hours allocated to each partner is given in the following table.

Partner Estimated Hours Available
US 576
UK 403
Canada 214
Australia 83
Argentina 29
Brazil 17
Univ. of Hawaii (host)
173
Gemini Staff
133
Total
1628 (=162.8n)

Gemini South: Time Availability and Distribution

Due to the major instrument commissioning activities expected in 2007A for NICI and Flamingos-2, as well as other engineering work, in semester 2006B a minimum of 70% of the time will be made available for science use, or 127 nights. This fraction includes 12 nights reserved for the start of the NICI Planet Search Campaign, 6 nights for Flamingos-2 system verification and the Gemini staff time allocation.  The number of hours allocated to each partner is given in the following table.

Partner Estimated Hours Available
US 378
UK 263
Canada 136
Australia 47
Argentina 19
Brazil 17
Chile (host) 139
Gemini Staff
89
NICI Campaign Science
120
Flamingos-2 SV
60
Total
126.8 (=126.8n)

Time Adjustments

To maintain overall balance amongst the partnership, the values shown above for both Gemini North and South have been adjusted from the nominal partner shares as a result of actual time charged through 2006A.  The time allocations shown here were approved at the Operations Working Group meeting in August 2006.  In addition, an exchange of 5 hours between Canada (+5hr on GN) and Brazil (+5hr on GS) is included.  The number of nights is approximated by int(hours/10). 



Last update August 23, 2006; B. Rodgers