World’s Most Powerful Digital Camera Sees Construction Green Light

A digital diagram showing the different parts of the camera used by LSST Discovery Alliance, including L1, L2, and L3 Lens, shutter, filter change mechanism, filters, 3.2 gigapixel CCD Mosiac, cryostat, and utlity trunk.

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope’s ‘Eye’ Will be Built at SLAC

August 31, 2015, Menlo Park, Calif. — The Department of Energy has approved the start of construction for a 3.2-gigapixel digital camera – the world’s largest – at the heart of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). Assembled at the DOE’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, the camera will be the eye of LSST, revealing unprecedented details of the universe and helping unravel some of its greatest mysteries. The construction milestone, known as Critical Decision 3, is the last major approval decision before the acceptance of the finished camera, said LSST Director Steven Kahn: “Now we can go ahead and procure components and start building it.”

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