The Integration and Verification Testing and characterization of the expected performance of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Camera is described. The LSST Camera will be the largest astronomical camera ever constructed, featuring a 3.2 Gpixel focal plane mosaic of 189 CCDs. In this paper, we describe the verification testing program developed in parallel with the integration of the Camera, and the results from our performance characterization of the Camera. Our testing program includes electro-optical characterization and CCD height measurements of the focal plane, at several steps during integration, as well as a complete functional and characterization program for the finished focal plane. It also includes a suite of functional tests of the major Camera mechanisms: shutter, filter exchange system and thermal control. Finally, we expect to test the fully assembled Camera prior to its scheduled completion and delivery to the LSST observatory in early calendar 2021.
Rubin Observatory’s Commissioning Camera (ComCam) is a 9 CCD direct imager providing a testbed for the final telescope system just prior to its integration with the 3.2-Gigapixel LSSTCam. ComCam shares many of the same subsystem components with LSSTCam in order to provide a smaller-scale, but high-fidelity demonstration of the full system operation. In addition, a pathfinder version of the LSSTCam refrigeration system is also incorporated into the design. Here we present an overview of the final as-built design, plus initial results from performance testing in the laboratory. We also provide an update to the planned activities in Chile both prior to and during the initial first-light observations.