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December 2014  •  Volume 7 Number 4

Successful DOE CD-2 Review for the LSST Camera!

Reviewers enjoyed clear skies and presentations by a well-prepared team during the October 2014 DOE CD-2 Review of the LSST Camera.

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.

Article written by Suzanne Jacoby


The effort to build the LSST is a partnership between public and private organizations. Financial support for LSST Design and Development comes from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation, a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation formed in 2003, with headquarters in Tucson, AZ. Contributions from private foundation gifts, grants to universities, and in-kind support from laboratories and other LSST Member Institutions were key to early construction and critical developments. The LSST Project Office for central management was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). The Department of Energy funded effort is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).

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