More Rubin construction milestones reached

Two decades of work have been realised as camera construction is completed.

Members of the camera construction team
Credit: Jacqueline Ramseyer Orrell/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

The start of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory groundbreaking survey of the skies comes ever closer, thanks to some major milestones being achieved in recent weeks. On 3 April 2024, the camera construction project was completed. This marks the culmination of two decades of work by a camera team comprising scientists and engineers from SLAC and other DOE labs, as well as LSST:UK team members based at the University of Oxford. Watch a video to understand the science that the camera will enable. 

At the end of April, the first reflective coating was applied to Vera C. Rubin Observatory’s 8.4-metre combined primary/tertiary mirror using the observatory’s onsite coating chamber. This paves the way for the installation of the glass mirrors on the Simonyi Telescope.

Last updated: 10 May 2024 at 15:29