A Software Roadmap for Solar System Science with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

Abstract: The 8.4 m Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will provide an unprecedented view of the Solar System. LSST will detect millions of asteroids and tens of thousands of distant Solar System bodies, within approximately 16 and 24.5 mag (in r-band). Over a ten year period, most of these minor planets will receive hundreds of observations divided between 6 filters (ugrizy). What specifically LSST project will deliver for Solar System detections will soon be updated in the LSST Data Products Definition Document. The LSST Solar System Science Collaboration (SSSC; http://www.lsstsssc.org) produced a science roadmap which outlines the collaboration’s highest ranked research priorities utilizing LSST. To achieve these science goals, the SSSC has identified crucial software products and tools that will be required but will not be provided by the LSST project. These will have to be developed by the SSSC and the broader planetary community. To spur this effort, we present a list of LSST community software development tasks.

Published in the Research Notes of the AAS: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2515-5172/ab0e10/meta