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A collection of recent TMT press releases and articles featuring TMT.

TMT’S Infrared Imaging Spectrograph IRIS Achieves Milestone

02.20.2017

PASADENA, CA – Design of the Thirty Meter Telescope’s IRIS (InfraRed Imaging Spectrograph), recently achieved a major milestone. The IRIS design team successfully completed the first of... more »

TMT’s Telescope Structure Final Subsystem Design Review Completed

02.06.2017

PASADENA, CA – In mid-December 2016, an international panel of reviewers met at the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) facility in Amagasaki, Japan, for the last of three final design... more »

Common Software Design Approved for Production

02.01.2017

PASADENA, CA – On December 13-14, 2016, an international panel of reviewers met at the TMT project office in Pasadena for the Final Design Review of the Common Software (CSW) subsystem. more »

TMT Segment-Handling Robot Receives National Award

11.15.2016

PASADENA, CA – A segment-handling robot developed in Japan for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) has received the 2016 Good Design Award. more »

STATEMENT REGARDING SELECTION OF ALTERNATE SITE FOR TMT

10.30.2016

The TMT International Observatory Board of Governors met last week to discuss the progress of TMT in Hawaii and to consider potential alternate sites. To follow is a statement from Henry Yang, Chair... more »

Yes, the state should allow TMT on Mauna Kea
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

09.06.2016

Our group, Perpetuating Unique Educational Opportunities (PUEO), is made up of highly respected members of the Hawaiian community. more »

Dynamic Structures is awarded $10 million contract award for final design phase of Thirty Meter Telescope Enclosure

08.09.2016

[From Empire Industries Ltd.] - Empire Industries Ltd. today announced that its Dynamic Structures division has been awarded a contract from Canadian Commercial Corporation for the final design and... more »

Amano tackles TMT motions
Hawaii Tribune Herald

08.05.2016

Riki May Amano, hearings officer for the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case, waded through procedural questions and assertions of Hawaiian sovereignty during a hearing Friday in Hilo. But some of the weightier motions seeking to dismiss TMT’s land use permit application and disqualify the state’s legal counsel were deferred until another meeting Aug. 12.   more »

Multiple motions filed in TMT case; hearing set for today
Hawaii Tribune Herald

08.04.2016

Participants in the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case have filed a flurry of motions ahead of today’s meeting in Hilo, from declaring Mauna Kea sacred to ongoing challenges to Riki May Amano’s selection as hearings officer. more »

TMT support high, Big Isle poll finds
Honolulu Star Advertiser

08.03.2016

 Hawaii island residents continue to show strong support for the Thirty Meter Telescope, acording to a public opinion poll commissioned by the nonprofit that aims to build and run the $1.4 billion project atop Mauna Kea. more »