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Construction Kicks Off for LSST Camera

Posted November 04, 2015 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

It's official: the U.S. Department of Energy has given the go-ahead for the start of construction on the 3.2 gpix digital camera that will be the eyes of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). When finished, the telescope will conduct a 10 year sky survey that promises to reveal unknown astronomical objects and help unravel the mystery of dark matter. The three-ton camera will operate across the spectral band from 0.3 to 1 ┬Ám, accessed with an automatic filter-changing mechanism. Work is already underway on the enclosure and mounts, as well as some of the sensors. The optics contracts for the state-of-the-art camera are still being awarded, however, so if you are in the running, stay by your phone.


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11/07/2015 8:30 PM

NSA will (probably) aim their version back at earth...for stunning "close-ups".

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