scheduling feasibility checker

The Scheduling Feasibility Checker, or SFC, is a tool that is used to check whether and when a target is visible to CHEOPS. It is also used to assess the impact that interruptions due to passage through the South Atlantic Anomaly and Earth Occultation have on visibility of the target, together with the obsering efficiency, or fraction of time within a period of visibility can be spent collecting photons from the target.

The tool is designed to run on your own computer, and as such is available as a virtual image that in turn runs on a virtual machine.

Instructions on how to install the both the virtual machine and the latest version of the tool itself are given below, as are the latest guidelines for the use of the tool.

The virtual image can be downloaded via ftp, via ftp cheops_fc@ssh.esac.esa.int:/cheopsfcvm07.ova

A password is also required. This can be found by clicking on this link - to see it, you will need to be logged on to the Cosmos site (sign in at the top right of this webpage) and a member of the Guest Observers Group (click on Registration to the Guest Observers Programme on the toolbar menu for details on how to register).

 

Latest update: 15 July 2020