The LSST Camera Team has just completed a very successful Department of Energy (DOE) Critical Decision-2 (CD-2) Review, an important step in gaining CD-2 approval of the performance baseline. The three-day review was held at SLAC November 4-6, 2014, and centered on a thorough examination of the cost, schedule, performance, and scope commitment to which DOE will execute the project. Reviewers described the team as being “superb”, well prepared, and working well together. “Scientific and technical efforts are exceptionally well balanced and integrated.” They also called out the interfaces as being well defined and stable for all physical and logical interfaces. The project scope, requirements, and technical management processes were found to be in place and sufficiently well defined to establish the cost and schedule baseline. In all aspects, the review found the performance baseline adequate to achieve DOE Dark Energy Stage IV Program objectives and the technical flow-down requirements of the NSF LSST project.
Congratulations on this successful outcome go especially to Nadine Kurita, Vincent Riot, and Steve Ritz, but the entire Camera team and all the LSST Project staff that supported the technical progress to meet the review requirements and pull off the successful review are to be commended. And what’s next? The Project plans to request CD-3 approval in calendar year 2015.
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