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6. Project management

Friday 18 January 2008


  • Principal investigator: F. Malbet (LAOG, Grenoble, France)
  • Co Investigators:
    • D. Buscher (Cavendish, Cambridge, UK),
    • G. Weigelt (MPIfR, Bonn, Germany)
    • P. Garcia (CAUP, Porto, Portugal)
    • M. Gai (INAF/OATo, Torino, Italy), D. Lorenzetti (INAF/OAR, Roma, Italy)
    • J. Surdej (IAGL, Liège, Belgium)
    • J. Hron (IfAW, Wien, Austria)
    • R. Neuhäuser (AIU, Jena, Germany)


  • Principal investigator: F. Malbet (LAOG, Grenoble, France)
  • Chairman of the Science Group: P. Garcia (CAUP, Porto, Portugal)
  • Project manager: P. Kern (LAOG, Grenoble, France)
  • Instrument Scientist: J.-P. Berger (LAOG, Grenoble, France)
  • System engineer: L. Jocou (LAOG, Grenoble, France)

Cost and resources

For VSI4, the management plan identifies a total cost of 3986kEuros for hardware and a manpower of 87 FTEs over 4 years before the commissioning begins. Since the instrument is designed from the beginning for maximum VLTI capacity, the VSI6 version would cost only 385kEuros and 6 FTEs in addition to the VSI4 version. It has, however, a stronger impact on the general VLTI development, especially the ISS.

Based on the letters of intent from the consortium institutes, we estimated that the consortium can provide 82 secure full time equivalents (FTEs) and possibly 33 additional FTEs.

On the financial side, many institutes are already in a negotiation phase with their funding agencies. A minimum ESO contribution would be requested for procurements of ESO standard control boards and possibly for detectors and controllers of the science and the fringe tracker cameras.

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