Steve Kahn, LSST Director
Well, I have been on the job for two and a half months now, and I must say that I have found being LSST Director to be an exciting, challenging, and somewhat exhausting position!
Our team is hard at work preparing for our Final Design Review (FDR), which is scheduled for the week of October 21. We held a week-long Joint Technical Meeting in Tucson in mid-August, at which we ironed out a host of residual technical interface issues, and refined our strategy for the presentations we will make at FDR. This was a very enjoyable and productive meeting, bringing together all of the key technical personnel who are engaged in the various aspects of the LSST design and development. Despite the +100°F temperatures, we all had a great time.
The Joint Technical Meeting was preceded and followed by a series of internally commissioned external reviews of many of our subsystem design elements. In August and September alone, we held reviews of the science raft system in the camera, the active optics system, our image simulator development, the core data processing software, and the overall LSST safety plan. These reviews have all gone well, and they have provided encouraging validations of our overall design strategy.