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B. XMM-Newton Routine Calibration Programme

To monitor the performance of the XMM-Newton science instruments, regular observations of a number of targets are performed.

Such observations are defined in the Routine Calibration Plan (available at
http://xmm2.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_sw_cal/calib/documentation.shtml#General)
and are used to update the Current Calibration Files (CCFs, see § 6.2) whenever necessary.
Routine calibration targets are also included in the Target Search Tool
(at URL: http://xmm2.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_sched/obs_lokator/).

The following monitoring observations are foreseen:

The time needed to fulfil the monitoring requests defined in the routine calibration plan should stay below a 5% margin of the available time for science (cf. Policies and Procedures at http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_user_support/documentation/AOpolicy/).


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