Members of the LSST Telescope & Site and Project Office teams participated in the kickoff meeting for the LSST Coating Plant at the Von Ardenne GmbH facility in Dresden, Germany on April 5th. Von Ardenne is responsible for the final design and fabrication of the coating chamber (pumping system, rotating magnetrons, steel vacuum vessels) and the washing/stripping station to enable coating of the M1M3 Cell Assembly and the M2 mirror on the LSST summit. This 30-month effort will conclude with onsite final acceptance in mid-2018.
Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded Rubin Observatory Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). The DOE-funded effort to build the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
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