November 11, 2016 - LSST Systems Engineers George Angeli, Kathryn Wesson, Gregory Dubois-Felsmann, and Brian Selvy met in Pasadena, CA, last week with other major astronomy projects and software vendors (NoMagic, Intercax) to explore the use of model-based systems engineering (MBSE) tools. Representatives from LSST, TMT, GMT, and JPL (among others) attended the meeting and shared tools and techniques for modeling complex concepts including system architectures, logical and physical models, and interfaces. The group explored various advanced options and capabilities for further integrating the description of a system by incorporating CAD models, numerical simulations, and optimization tools within a single framework. The meeting was congenial and productive, so much so that a second meeting could be held early in 2017 in Tucson.
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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