3rd August 2020
The situation with the COVID-19 virus is evolving rapidly. Our main goal is to ensure the safety of all staff and their families while balancing work priorities.
Construction activities have been shut down and the site has been secured. We have instructed all staff to work from home and we will continue to advance on any elements of the Project possible.
Visitors to all Rubin Observatory sites are vetted before being granted access, and if there is any concern at all about possible contagion they are required to self-isolate for 14 days before being allowed on site.
Planned meetings have been transitioned to virtual meetings where possible, otherwise they have been rescheduled or cancelled.
We ask for your patience while we adapt to this new way of working. Read more on the AURA website. Read more on the AURA website.
Q. Will the COVID-19 pandemic have an impact on the expected start date of the survey? What does it imply in terms of project completion and scheduling?
A. The full implications of the COVID-19 pandemic are not yet known. However, the construction schedule will be impacted from this point on; therefore, it is very likely that the start date of the survey will change. Once the COVID-19 work stoppage ends, we will work with the agencies to re-baseline the Project.
Q. What is the status of the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera?
A. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is closed to all non-essential personnel at least until end of May. All work on the Camera is on hold for now.
Q. What is the status of work at the summit?
A. The summit has been shut down completely. The building, equipment, and materials have been secured as well as possible and all power to the Rubin summit complex is disconnected. The TMA and Dome contract staff have returned to their homes. Camera work has also ceased on the summit. Inspection visits are planned by skeleton crews and some critical safety tasks are being considered as winter approaches. Summit work will be restarted when it is safe to work and travel again. Inspection crews are required to follow these strict safety rules.
Q. Do you expect the COVID-19 pandemic to affect the timeline for clarifying the final location of the LSST US Data Facility?
A. Meetings with Operations leadership, NSF, and DOE continue to take place, but resolution is likely to depend on funding agency priorities.
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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 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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