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A collection of news publications that have recently featured TMT.

Aloha for everyone: Amano permits all parties to participate in TMT contested case
Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Riki May Amano is giving everyone a seat at the table as she prepares to start a new contested case hearing for the Thirty Meter Telescope’s land use permit. During her first pre-hearing conference in Hilo on Friday, the hearings officer accepted 14 new parties, essentially everyone who applied and showed up to the cramped meeting room at the State Building on Aupuni Street. Five others opted to become witnesses instead. more »

20 parties OKd in TMT case
Honolulu Star-Advertiser


Twenty individuals and groups have been accepted as parties in the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case hearing. more »

Judge will allow certain groups to participate in TMT contested case hearing
Hawaii News Now


Retired Judge Riki May Amano on Friday approved requests by the Thirty Meter Telescope and the group Perpetuating Unique Educational Opportunities to be parties in the contested case hearing over the permit for the controversial telescope. more »

Internship program relies on TMT: Loss of key contributor would impact aspiring scientists, engineers
Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Akamai director Lisa Hunter estimates 81 percent of the 328 students who have come through the program have jobs in science and technology fields or are continuing their education. But despite its track record, Hunter said the program could face significant cutbacks. Since 2009, she said the program’s largest contributor has been the TMT International Observatory, the nonprofit organization behind the Thirty Meter Telescope, a controversial $1.4 billion project proposed for Mauna Kea. If the next-generation observatory, which has faced strong opposition from some Native Hawaiians who consider the mountain sacred, moves elsewhere, the program stands to be one of the most impacted. more »

The TMT Project—Utilizing Canon's World-leading Optics Technologies


The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Project focuses on the design and construction of a giant 30-meter aperture optical telescope near the top of Maunakea on the island of Hawaii, with operations set to begin in 2022. Canon is contributing to this massive project to unlock the mysteries of the cosmos with its cutting-edge optics technologies. more »

Mitsubishi Electric Develops Robot to Manage 492 Segment Mirrors of Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea
Mitsubishi Electric


Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that it has completed a prototype robot for its segment-handling system (SHS) designed to replace the 492 segment mirrors comprising the 30-meter primary mirror of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT®) that is planned to be built on Mauna Kea in the U.S. state of Hawaii. more »

Video: Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit in Hilo
Big Island Video News


The third annual Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit is taking place in Hilo this week. Thirty-one students and teachers representing each of the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory partner countries are gathering at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center for an intensive five-day forum on astronomy and engineering. The United States is represented by eight students and three teachers from St. Joseph School, Kealakehe High School, and Kamehameha Schools-Hawai?i. An additional 15 high school students and five teachers from Canada, China, India and Japan are also participating. more »

Canada Commits Share of Funds for Thirty Meter Telescope
CBC News


Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces Canada will provide up to $243.5 million over 10 years for TMT. more »

Hawaii's Astronomy Sector Brought an Economic Impact of $168 million in 2012
Pacific Business News


Hawaii's astronomy sector generated a statewide economic impact of $168 million in 2012, and the Big Island was the major beneficiary, researchers at the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization have discovered. Using the latest available numbers, UHERO reported $88 million in astronomy-related expenditures in 2012, with $58 million of the spending and $92 million of the economic impact on the Big Island, where most of the state's telescopes are located. more »

University Approves Lease for Largest Telescope
West Hawaii Today


The University of Hawaii on Thursday approved a plan to sublease land at the summit of Mauna Kea for construction of the world’s largest optical telescope. The Board of Regents voted 15 to 1 to approve subleasing the land atop the Big Island volcano for the Thirty Meter Telescope. The university leases summit land, which hosts about a dozen telescopes in total, from the state. more »