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A collection of recent TMT press releases.

TMT International Observatory and Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) Sign Agreement on Hosting the Thirty Meter Telescope in La Palma, Spain

03.29.2017

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA – Clearing a major milestone to construct and operate the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) in La Palma, Canary Islands, the TMT International Observatory (TIO) and... more »

TMT’s Tertiary Mirror Enters Production Stage

03.06.2017

PASADENA, CA – Last month, the Thirty Meter Telescope successfully completed the Test Results Review of the Telescope Tertiary Mirror (M3) Prototype. Chinese Academy of Sciences’... more »

TMT Common Software Production Begins

02.27.2017

PASADENA, CA – Earlier this month, production of the TMT Common Software (CSW) was launched at ThoughtWorks Technologies in Pune, India. The TMT Project Office, the Indian TMT Coordination... more »

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

10.31.2016

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 »

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

08.10.2016

[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 »

Latest Poll on Hawaii Island Shows 2-1 Margin in Support for TMT Construction

08.03.2016

HILO, HAWAII - The results of a new scientific poll show Hawaii Island residents support the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. The public opinion poll conducted in... more »