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Last modified: 26 October 2016

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Caveat: HRC Telemetry Glitches


Due to telemetry glitches, it occasionally happens that an out of sequence event is encountered. Those events should be considered bad; but they are not presently filtered. This affects very few observations, and only very few events in those observations. The following warning is issued by hrc_process_events:

  WARNING: Out of sequence events discovered in
  <path>/<rootfname>_evt0a.fits[time=...:...]

Note also that there are occasional events that appear in the telemetry stream with time tags that make them seem to have occurred out of sequence. One special case where this has occurred has been documented (see the bad time tag memo), and other occurrences are most likely to be caused by hiccups in the HRC or by double-bit errors in telemetry (single-bit errors are corrected). It appears that the special case would be recognized and corrected, but that the event would still be flagged in the STATUS keyword.

All standard products are supplied in the decommed order, so this cannot be fixed by running dmsort. The best thing to do is to reject these events that have

status=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx0xxxxxx

This would normally be done in the standard level 2 filter.


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