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August 2015 eNews

LSST E-News : 
Construction continues on Cerro Pachón despite snow. Image Credit: V. Krabbendam, LSST Project Office

Considerable activity in both hemispheres has kept the Project Office quite busy the past few months.  And looking ahead we have our calendars marked for the week of August 17, when the LSST2015 Project and Community Workshop takes place in Bremerton, WA, and for September 1, the date Deputy Director Beth Willman officially takes up residence in her new office in the LSST Project Office.  

The LSST team continues to increase in size and hiring opportunities continue to be promoted at lsst.org/hiring.  Our web presence has a new look at www.lsst.org, presenting a coherent look for our various audiences:  Public & Scientists, Project team, and LSST Corporation.

The Camera Team is preparing for the CD-3, Critical Descision-3, review, taking place at Brookhaven National Lab the week of August 3rd.  This is a huge milestone for the project as a successful review will lead to authorization of expenditures associated with the fabrication of the camera.  This DOE review is similar in significance to the NSF Final Design Review, which the project passed in December 2013.  Keeping the agencies synched in their required review process has been a complex aspect of keeping LSST moving forward.

The Telescope & Site team has been busier than ever, with completion of the M1M3 mirror, getting RFPs out for both the M1M3 cell assembly and coating chamber facility on the summit, and, finally, finding solid ground on the summit of Cerro Pachón that supports the telescope pier and summit facility building.  This was more difficult (and required more concrete) than expected, to mitigate pockets of clay found within the bedrock at both building sites.   

Big themes for the Bremerton Meeting include improving our Communication, internal and external, and planning for Operations, a proposal for which will be due to the agencies at the end of calendar year 2016.  

LSST E-News Team


Suzanne Jacoby (Editor-in-Chief)
Robert McKercher (Staff Writer)
Mark Newhouse (Design & Production: Web)

Emily Acosta (Design & Production: PDF/Print)
Additional contributors as noted


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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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