Friday, May 7, 2021
2:30 PM - 2:50 PM (EDT)
Vera C. Rubin Observatory - Coating Plant Assembly, Integration and Early Results
Tomislav Vucina - AURA / Vera C. Rubin Observatory

*Tomislav Vucina1, Robert Stock2, Jacques Sebag1, Roberto Tighe1, Claudio Araya1, Sandra Romero1, Juan Lopez1, Maria-Eugenia Ortiz1, Jeff Barr1, Doug Neill1, John Andrew1, Norman Muller2, Bettina Michel2, Peter Watts2, Torsten Wellner2, Matthias Smolke2, Martin Richter2
1Vera C. Rubin Observatory, La Serena, Chile; 2VON ARDENNE GmbH, Dresden, Germany
The Vera C. Rubin Observatory Coating Plant has been successfully assembled on top of the mountain in Cerro Pachon, Chile. Prior to that, the Coating Plant was completely assembled and tested at VON ARDENNE's facilities in Germany, then dismantled and transported to Chile across the ocean. After reassembly, the Coating Plant has passed Final Acceptance Test, exceeding all the requirements imposed by Vera C. Rubin Observatory, and then the Secondary Mirror (M2) has been coated with protected silver. This paper is divided into two parts, the first part describes the constructions efforts, design characteristics, transport efforts and the assembly process; the second part of this document shows the reflectivity/coating requirements, first results over the M2 mirror and the future steps to coat the Primary and Tertiary Mirror (M1M3) mirror with aluminum.

Session Type
Large Area Coatings