World’s Largest Digital Camera Receives Green Light from US Government

Last week the U.S. Department of Energy gave a green light to a project that aims to build the largest digital camera this planet has ever seen. The camera, built by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, will cost around $170 million, be roughly the size of a small car, and be able to capture 3.2-gigapixel photographs using a giant sensor composed of 189 CCD sensors.

Sporting an 8.4-meter-diameter primary mirror, the LSST will be a large, wide-field ground-based telescope designed to provide time-lapse 3-D maps of the universe with unprecedented depth and detail. Of particular interest for cosmology and fundamental physics, these maps can be used to locate the mysterious dark matter […]

[…] Each night, the LSST will take more than 800 wide-field 15-second exposures, each covering 49 times more sky area than the moon. It will photograph the entire visible sky twice a week. [#]

The lens/telescope will be quite a beast as well — it packs “enough resolving power to distinguish […] a pair of car headlights seen at a distance of 400 miles.”

(via Stanford via R&D via Rob Galbraith)

Image credits: Photographs by LSST Corporation

  • Anonymous

    Stanford goes Mirrorless, right behind Nikon!

  • SteelToad

    “World’s Largest Digital Camera Receives Green Light from US Government”

    … now just waiting on the Red and the Blue

  • Daschund

    But does it come with a case? For that much money they could at least throw in a case as well…

  • Wing Wong

    I wonder how they implement anti-shake? And I wonder if they will implement a plenoptic lens option?

  • Ian Ludwig

    Pfft. It isn’t sporting Quattron Technology:

  • noh

    I’ll like to see the Flash!, lol

  • Ali

    hahahah… omg!! the comments here made me ROFL !!

    What a fcuking waste of money!! Seriously, help the needy dying of hunger and poor health!!

  • Anonymous

    CCD?  Kodak?

  • Raphael Puttini

    Who said the pixel wars were over? ¬¬

  • Matt

    I’ll wait and see what the grey market price will be at b&h.

  • Matt

    Yep, some funny comments.  But.. Really?  So, the hundreds of people who are going to be able to house and feed themselves for an extended period of time are some how not as worthwhile as everyone else in the world?  Or, that the technical and scientific advancements would not add to the general well being and hence be worthwhile?  Serriously, when was the last time you did something to help your comunity?

  • Lekan

    Just FYI, SLAC no longer stands for Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Since 2008, the lab’s name is SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, where the “SLAC” doesn’t officially mean anything.

  • Michael Zhang

    Thanks Lekan

  • Sebastián Soto

    I’ll wait for the chinese clone.

  • Anonymous

    There is no need to build a flash. They’ll just wait until the thunderstorms season… :-)