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Fiber Optic Data Links Agreements

February 5, 2016 - In Chile, dedicated fiber-optic lines will connect the Cerro Pachón summit and base site in La Serena, but additional networks are required to provide 100Gbs connectivity LSST requires from La Serena to Santiago and onwards to the USA. As part of a larger effort to improve network redundancy and connectivity, the National University Network (REUNA) is leveraging an initiative by the three major telecommunications providers in Chile to provide fiber-optic links up the Elqui Valley, which adjoins the AURA property on which LSST is being built.

TMA and Tapas

January 29, 2016 - Eleven members of the LSST Telescope and Site and Project Office have been in Madrid, Spain, this week participating in a successful Final Design Review of the Telescope Mount Assembly (TMA) with prime contractor Empresarios Agrupados (EA). The panel members evaluated EA’s design and sub-contractor efforts, reviewing design conformance and assessing risk to advancing the key components into...

Celebrating Safety

January 22, 2016 - To mark the first year of construction activities on Cerro El Peñon, General Manager of Besalco Construcciones, Mr. Guillermo Garcia, was presented with a letter of appreciation from LSST Project Manager Victor Krabbendam and gave recognition to his employees for the excellent work done and emphasis on safety in this first year.  Victor wrote:

“Piering” down on LSST Construction

January 12, 2016 - A DJI Phantom 3 Pro Drone is being used on Cerro Pachón to monitor LSST construction progress from a birds-eye view.  Multiple images will be used to generate a 3D model of the Summit Facility, suitable for inspection via virtual reality.  In these initial images taken by Systems Engineer Jacques Sebag on January 8, 2016, preparation of the telescope pier is clearly visible.

Holiday Greetings / Saludos de fin de año

Holiday Greetings from LSST - On behalf of the Project Office, we wish you a joyous holiday season and Happy New Year!

Saludos de fin de año del LSST - En nombre de la oficina del proyecto, les deseamos unas felices fiestas y un próspero año nuevo

Promoting Workplace Culture

December 18, 2015AURA’s Workforce and Diversity Committee (WDC) met in Tucson last week, to further the important work this committee has been doing since its inception in 2008.    Each AURA Center, including the LSST Project Office, is represented on the WDC through their Diversity Advocate (DA); the WDC is the only AURA governance committee with members who are AURA employees.  This committee supports a partnership between the DAs, Human Resources representatives, and external experts to realize AURA’s vision of a modern organization:a fully diverse staff (in all dimensions) who feel genuinely empowered to bring their diverse perspectives into the ongoing creation of ideas and approaches. 

Inspiring Future Astro-Engineers in Chile

December 11, 2015 - LSST Optics Engineer Constanza Araujo attended the III Astro-Engineering Workshop in Santiago in November and gave a talk on the LSST Optical System.  To promote engineering disciplines that are needed in the new and current observatories in Chile, her presentation included a brief description of the work of an optical engineer in a telescope project while in construction phase. 

LSST Operations Planning

December 4, 2015 - The LSST Operations Plan is now under development by the LSST Operations Planning Team (LOPT, co-chaired by Deputy Director Beth Willman and Systems Scientist Chuck Claver). The LOPT is starting with a bird's eye view of the operations goals and deliverables, and working from the "top down" to generate the work breakdown structure, staffing, and non-labor expenses needed to deliver in Operations. The LOPT is building on the Operations Plan led by Sidney Wolff and presented at FDR, and is also supported by the work of the Technical Operations Working Group (TOWG).

LSST Director Elected 2015 AAAS Fellow

The LSST Project Team congratulates Director Steve Kahn who has been elected as a 2015 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS members are elected as Fellows by their peers in recognition of their contributions to innovation, education, and scientific leadership. Steve was elected for his ongoing leadership of the LSST project and for his contributions to X-ray astronomy through observations made with XMM-Newton’s Reflection Grating Spectrometer. The AAAS Council elected 347 Fellows for 2015; Steve was one of 13 recognized in the organization's Physics section. AAAS announced the elections 16 November.

DMLT - On the Road(map) Again

November 19, 2015 - The Data Management (DM) Leadership Team held their quarterly meeting in Princeton this week. The primary result was an agreement on refinements to the DM Roadmap, the milestone plan for construction and commissioning. In addition to analyzing the impact of the update, the team discussed communications and behavior, management and prioritization. Emerging architecture for developing and maintaining user and developer software documentation was explored, along with emerging disruptive technologies and their potential impact on DM. A new capability for chaining software tasks into pipelines was also demonstrated. Further technical discussion can be found at community.lsst.org.

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Financial support for LSST 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 LSST 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 LSST camera is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
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