Notes on QSO C Programs

It seems that there might be some confusion on C programs and their availability for the queue mode. Here's some clarification:

  1. Grade and ranking for C programs are determined by the Time Allocation Committee (TAC) for a given Agency. A C grade DOES NOT guarantee that the program will be included in the queue program database. As explained in the phase 1 Tutorial, telescope time is scheduled for A+B programs only and C programs are considered for overfilling the queue.
  1. The final decision to include a C program in the queue for a given semester is made by the QSO Team.  This decision is based on several factors:
As a result, you will rarely find more than 2 or 3 C programs for a given Agency in the queue database for a given semester.  Those are usually found among the first 4 or 5 C programs ranked by an Agency at the most and usually are well sufficient for the overfilling purposes of the queue system.  Only C programs appearing in the table published on the QSO Web page for a given semester must have a phase 2 done by their PI. Also, if a program C is accepted, it is possible that the amount of time allocated differs from the amount requested, for the same reasons as given above.