Thirty Meter Telescope

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Hawaii Board of Land & Natural Resources Hears Final Arguments in Conservation District Use Permit Contested Case

09.21.2017

[Hilo, HI – Sep. 20, 2017] The process to secure a Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP) to build TMT on Maunakea continued in Hawaii, as the state land board – also known as the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) – heard final oral arguments from all parties involved in the contested case. more »

TMT releases semi-annual payment to the think fund in support of Hawaii island education

09.18.2017

HILO, HAWAII – (September 18, 2017) – The Thirty Meter Telescope recently made the second-half of its $1 million annual payment to the THINK Fund, supporting educational opportunities for Hawaii Island students and teachers. more »

First TMT Mirror Segment Installed for Testing

09.14.2017

On September 7, 2017, a TMT Primary Segment Assembly (PSA), fitted with an aluminum mirror segment, was successfully installed into the Multi-Segment Integration & Test (MSIT) facility at the TMT lab in Monrovia, California. more »

HARNESSING THE NEXT GENERATION OF EXTREMELY LARGE TELESCOPES

09.10.2017

Tomorrow’s extremely large optical-infrared telescopes, TMT and ELT, are enabled by segmented, primary mirrors and advanced multi-conjugate adaptive optics systems. Each primary, active mirror is supported by a warping harness for periodic low-order optical corrections. more »

Grace Under Pressure: TMT’s Rotating Enclosure

08.14.2017

As I write this, the final design for TMT’s enclosure—a huge, moveable dome that will house the telescope—is nearing completion. A substantial portion of the final design has already been done, allowing for work to begin on the production readiness phase. more »

Akamai Internship Program Schedules Annual Summer Internship Symposiums in Hilo and Waimea on Monday, August 7

08.5.2017

Hilo, HI — The Akamai Workforce Initiative’s Internship Program will hold its Student Internship Symposiums on Hawaii Island in Hilo and Waimea on Monday, August 7. Hawaii college interns will present their summer projects with a follow-up question and answer period. more »