Ground-Based Telescopes

LSST  large ground telescope artist's concept
LSST artist's concept, Lawrence Livermore Lab

Down to Earth Optics 

Demanding precision
Large ground-based telescopes now require more of the discipline and systems skills that space missions typically demand. Because of our experience designing and fabricating high performance optical systems in space telescopes, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory called on us to build the optics and support structure for the camera on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). It will sit atop an 8,800 ft. high mountain in Chile.
We’re teamed with Arizona Optical Systems (AOS) to build the lens assembly which consists of two large refractive lenses and the precision support mount. AOS will machine and polish the lenses and perform optical testing. We’re responsible for overall management, design and integration of the mechanical assembly plus optical/mechanical integration and test support.

The LSST will explore dark matter, dark energy, the “transient” optical sky including asteroids and astronomical events, and the formation and structure of the Milky Way. Every three nights, the LSST will take a full image of the night sky capturing billions of objects in six colors to create a Hollywood-like motion picture of the universe. The observatory is expected to operate continuously over a 10-year period.

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