Researchers get money to build the world most powerful camera




The US Department of Defense budget has allocated for the construction of a camera with a whopping 3.2 gigapixel. The approval may begin construction of the world’s most powerful camera. In 2022, the first images to be shot.

It is the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, built by the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and in Chile will be installed. The corresponding camera of 3.2 gigapixel has now “Critical Decision 2 ‘ through : that means that the US authorities have approved the proposed budget for the design. According to the initiators can now continue the development and the delivery date will be achieved in 2022.

To need to come to a resolution of 3.2 giga pixels CCD 189, which form the heart of the camera. For the images to quickly process each CCD sensor is divided into 16 data fields: each of these sectors has its own uitleeskanaal. Scientists expect about 6 billion gigabytes, or 6 petabytes, to produce data annually.

For the development of the powerful camera be pulled out for many years. For example, in 2011 the first milestone reached with the completion of CD 1, which means that the development of the camera green light was given. The wait is now the status CD 3, to indicate that construction has begun: this status is expected next summer. Eventually, the telescope with 3.2-gigapixel camera will not be ready until 2022.

With the camera, scientists want to create images of the universe in greater detail than was previously possible. The deliverables include information about the formation of galaxies, observing exploding stars and tracking asteroids. Also, the scientists want to gain more insight into dark matter and dark energy.


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