Applicable Lessons From The Iram 30M Telescope

Karl-Friedrich Schuster
The IRAM 30m telescope is operated in the 70 to 375 GHz range since over 30 years. It is among the most successful radio telescopes ever built. We describe the key ingredients of design, operation, maintenance and instrumentation which enabled this success and at the same time line out some weaknesses and limitations. The science drivers and their change over time are shortly recalled and finally we present and discuss future paths for upgrades.
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