Solar System Science Collaboration (SSSC) August 2021 Update

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A brief update on SSSC (Solar System Science Collaboration) happenings over the past month. A more detailed version was sent out to the SSSC collaboration

virtual) LSST Solar System Readiness Sprint 2021 - videos and slides from the virtual Sprint are available at LSST SSSC Sprint 2021

Simulated Solar System Database and Jupyter Hub - As part of the Sprint, Mario Juric, Siegfried Eggl and the rest of the Solar System Data Products team at UW who have created a 10-years of simulated asteroid, NEO, and TNO detections. This simulated database is ~2 billion rows and can be used for LSST preparations. The database is on the SSSC’s Jupyterhub . Further details can be found here and Mario’s Sprint talk .

Rubin Observatory Project & Community Workshop (PCW) - This year the meeting will be held virtually from August 9-13 .

Working Group Lead and Publication Coordinator Elections - Nominations have been asked and candidate statements received for the working group lead and publication coordinator positions that will have elections. Federica Bianco, science collaborations coordinator, is organizing the elections and will be emailing soon with further details.

Introduction to the Preparing for Astrophysics with LSST Program Multi SC Funding Program - The recorded video from the information session is now available at Sarah Greenstreet, Padma Yanamandra-Fisher, and Colin Orion Chandler will be the SSSC representatives on the committee drafting the small grants funding call.

The Rubin Observatory Science Collaboration Federation Charter was just approved by the US funding agencies. This document was developed by the Rubin Observatory Science Advisory Committee, Rubin Observatory Leadership, and the LSST Science Collaboration Chairs, and we sent the draft document last November, nothing significant was changed from that version. The Science Collaboration Federation Charter formalizes the SSSC and our relationship to Rubin Observatory, and describes rules of self-governance and rights of the Science Collaboration members. You can think of it as rules of the road for science collaboration actives at a high overview level. For the most part, the document should not change any SSSC activities in the near future as we have already enacted the standards/requirements outlined in the federation charter.

ApJS Cadence Optimization Special issue (call for peer-reviewed papers) - Further details can be found here.

Announcement of Opportunity: The Rubin Commissioning Team has put out a call for community engagement with the Rubin Observatory commissioning effort. This call is open to US and Chilean-based scientists. Further details can be found at

Rolling Cadence Simulations - The Rubin Observatory Scheduler Team has issued a short report describes the rolling cadence survey strategy simulations and how they work.

SSSC Architects Nominations -The call is rolling . Further details about SSSC Architect status can be found in the collaboration’s publication policy.