Critical Design Review of FRIDA in Mexico
The meeting, held at the Instituto de Astronomía of the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM) during 21-23 September, constitutes a critical milestone in the development of the instrument. In particular, all the critical aspects for the successful building of FRIDA (optics, mechanics, electronics, software and management) have been reviewed and analyzed by a review panel of experts, who checked that the instrument team can proceed into building the instrument. The review guarantees that the instrument will meet the stated performance requirements within budget, schedule, risk, and other system constraints.
FRIDA is being built in Mexico by a team of scientists and engineers from an international consortium of institutions, including the UCM group GUAIX.
During the review, Nicolás Cardiel presented the current status of the detailed design of the future Data Reduction Pipeline of FRIDA, which has been developed by Carmen Eliche. In addition, Sergio Pascual showed the actual implementation of the Data Factory Pipeline as it is being developed for the GTC instrument EMIR.
As part of the review, the participants of this meeting had the opportunity of visiting the UNAM laboratories, where several prototypes of the instrument have been developed and built in collaboration with CIDESI.