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[ARCHIVAL] The Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope (MOST) zone

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On Dr Darren's involvement with the MOST radiotelescope

In 1988 I was an honours physics student at the Department of Astrophysics, School of Physics, University of Sydney. Back then - with the help of many members of that department - I modelled the MOST signal-processing system in simple fashion in the FORTRAN scientific programming language (as was then still often used, these days I would of course use symbolic algebra):

I also had the wonderful opportunity of helping to re-paint the telescope as a student holiday job, and thus got to know it quite well !

In 2003/04 as a Scientific IT Consultant, I developed a database-driven component-tracking and modelling system for the mechanical layer of the MOST under model-driven development with Unified Modeling Language (UML®), using Java™ technologies such as Java Data Objects (JDO), Java3D, JavaServer Pages (JSP) and MySQL as the database.

In 2005 - with the arrival of port-based engineering notation for UML2 - I performed an educational Parsing Analysis of my honours thesis from 1988 into UML®, binding text descriptions "parsed" into UML Comment elements to UML Class, Component and Association model elements, using both "associative" class diagram notation and "structural" systems engineering notations:

This marks the beginning of what became my passion for Systems Modeling Language v1 (SysML®) and the  Webel Parsing Analysis recipe for SysML®.

This Webel IT Australia MOST zone is dedicated to the late Dr Michael Large, whose scientific, educational, and personal skills are sorely missed. They don't build 'em like that anymore. He explained the principle of rotational synthesis to me when I was a physics student, and it was during that time he developed the wide-field techniques now used in MOST. It taught me that to understand things one does well to teach them to others.
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