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SSSC/SITR Meeting NASA-ARC, September 28/29, 2009 Dietmar Lilienthal, DLR. Status of DSI contract. ● DSI-contract between DLR and University Stuttgart has been successful negotiated and finally signed end of April, 2009

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Sssc sitr meeting nasa arc september 28 29 2009 dietmar lilienthal dlr

SSSC/SITR Meeting NASA-ARC, September 28/29, 2009Dietmar Lilienthal, DLR


Status of dsi contract

Status of DSI contract

●DSI-contract between DLR and University Stuttgart has been successful

negotiated and finally signed end of April, 2009

Contract has been extended for additional four years (up to end of 2012)

● Selection of Observatory Deputy Director

Based on an announcement by University Stuttgart several candidates applied

for the position as Observatory Deputy Director

The US-German Search Committee (nominated by SSC/SSPC) recommended

one of the candidates to NASA/DLR

DLR followed the recommendation and encouraged the DSI to confirm the

proposed candidate

The selection process at DSI is currently still ongoing (but close to completion)


Status of german instruments teams 1

Status of German Instruments & Teams (1)

Due to the project delays the German Instruments GREAT and FIFI-LS were

funded via additional DLR grants during transitory time from Jan 2008 – Dec 2009

(originally not foreseen in DLR`s medium-term funding budget)

Goals:

ensure availability of GREAT instrument team and Early Science deployment

(scheduled for first half of 2009).

Ditto for FIFI deployment, once anticipated for end of 09

GREAT Preship Review at MPIfR was successfully performed on Dec. 4/5, 2008;

FIFI-LS PSR was scheduled for mid 09.


Status of german instruments teams 2

Status of German Instruments & Teams (2)

Beginning 09 a general project delay was announced, which required adjustments

of schedule for science flights

GREAT flights: postponed to fall 2010 – spring 2011

FIFI-LS flights: postponed to mid 2011

Consequences: funding period for both instruments had to be extended for

additional two years (term of validity is now up to Dec 2011)

Required additional funding comes from SOFIA budget reserves, resulting in

reduced flexibility of DSI contributions

Current concern due to recent schedule developments:

Funding period might be not sufficient in particular for FIFI-LS. Hence additional

money is absorbed by the instrument teams until first science data are acquired


Forthcoming events

Forthcoming Events

●Visit of NASA-HQ at DLR scheduled for Oct 15, 2009 to discuss and complete open points of JSPP II, and finally sign the document

● SSC/SSPC Meeting scheduled for Dec 3/4, 2009 @ DSI in Stuttgart, Germany


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