Successful DOE CD-2 Review for the LSST Camera

Successful DOE CD-2 Review for 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 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.

Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Support Agreement No. 1202910, 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 the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
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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