Several members of the Telescope & Site team were out this week finalizing the coating chamber facility bids evaluation. Award is planned for the end of the calendar year.
The LSST Operational Proposal Team has been formed with a goal of submitting a proposal for operations funding to the agencies by the end of calendar year 2016.
Invited talks were given at the Dark Energy Science Collaboration Meeting and the ADASS Conference this week. LSST also participated with other AURA Centers in the Society for Woman Engineers Conference in New Orleans this week.
Registration is now open for the 2016 LSST Joint Technical Meeting on the meeting website. Technical team members from all subsystems and interface groups are expected to attend.
LSSTC has executed an MOA with the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) who has identified five PIs that will be active participants in the scientific exploitation of the LSST database.
LSSTC is sponsoring two workshops this week as part of their Enabling Science activities:
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 20-24, 2016: LSST@Europe2, Belgrade, Serbia,
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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