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Friday, October 16, 2015


An executive summary of the LSST Monthly Technical Progress Report for August has been submitted to the NSF and posted on our public website: http://lsst.org/news/monthly-progress-updates

Telescope and Site team members held a Final Design Review for the Hexapod and Rotator at Moog CSA in Mountain View, CA, earlier this week. The emphasis was on the software, control system, mechanical design and schedule; project response to the vendor is in progress.

Key Project Personnel have been asked to extend their travel to the February Joint Technical Meeting to accommodate a half-day retreat for a discussion of Workplace Culture and the implementation of trusted reporting systems including trained ombudspersons.

Steve Kahn, Victor Krabbendam, and Beth Willman circulated an LSST Project statement on sexual harassment.


  • November 12, 2015: LSST Workshop, noon @ 47th DPS Meeting, National Harbor, MD
  • November 19-20, 2015: LSST Observing Strategy Retreat, Tucson, AZ
  • December 3-4, 2015: NSF Status Review
  • January 7, 2016: LSST Town Hall, 6:30pm @AAS 227, Kissimmee, FL            
  • February 22-24, 2016: LSST Joint Technical Meeting, Santa Cruz, CA
  • March 8-10, 2016: 2nd Annual US-Chile Education Summit, Chile
  • April 11-13, 2016: LSSTC Board Meeting in Washington, DC.
  • May 24-26, 2016: XLDB 2016 Conference and Workshop, SLAC
  • June 28-July 1, 2016: SPIE Astronomical Telescopes & Instrumentation, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • August 15-19, 2016: LSST 2016 Project & Science Workshop

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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NSF and DOE will continue to support Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.   

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