Schedule and Cost of discontinuing Leap Seconds
On a related web page I have a
description of possible consequences and costs of discontinuing leap
Leap second surveys of varying complexity have previously been
circulated in forums outside of the optical and infrared astronomical
community. For simplicity this survey asks only four questions.
Responses with more details are welcome. The answers will be
summarized for presentation by a representative of the IAU in Torino.
The first two questions are particularly relevant, for they have not
been asked before:
Please e-mail responses to the address given below.
After the announcement of a change in the nature of civil time,
what is the minimum amount of time in which it would be feasible
to implement remedies for each telescope?
How much advance notice before the discontinuation of leap
seconds would be required in order for the costs of remedy to be
absorbed in the natural cycle of maintenance and upgrades?
How much would it cost to modify and verify the operation of each
telescope and each observatory system if leap seconds were
discontinued with 5 years of advance warning?
May we use the name of the observatory and/or telescope systems when
reporting these results?
The results of the survey will be available.
Steve Allen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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