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A collection of recent TMT press releases.

Major Milestone for TMT Multi Segment Integration and Test Facility

06.13.2017

An integral piece of the Thirty Meter Telescope’s Multi Segment Integration and Test facility (MSIT) has just been delivered to California. more »

Astronomer Jerry Nelson, pioneering designer of large telescopes, dies at age 73

06.13.2017

[From University of California - Santa Cruz] - Jerry Nelson, a pioneering astronomer known for his innovative designs for advanced telescopes, died June 10 at his home in Santa Cruz. He was 73. more »

TMT Communications and Information Systems Kick-off Meetings

06.07.2017

Pasadena, CA (May 25, 2017) – Managers and technical representatives of TMT and Sev1Tech Inc., an IT consulting firm, recently gathered at TMT’s Project Office for a detailed overview of... more »

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 »

The End of the Contested Case Evidentiary Phase

03.02.2017

After 44 days of evidentiary hearings involving 71 witnesses, the Hilo hearings regarding the CDUA Contested Case for the TMT project officially adjourned at 6:41 p.m. Thursday March 2. 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 »

THINK Fund at Pauahi Foundation Awards $194,000 in Scholarships to Hawaii Island Students

08.01.2016

2016 Pauahi THINK Fund Scholars—Diverse, Creative and Courageous more »

From Around the World to Japan: Discussions of the Future for TMT

07.12.2016

In May 2016, Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan were gathering places for TMT-related scientists, engineers, educators and public communications experts from around the world to discuss and plan the future for... more »

Thirty Meter Telescope Receives Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce Pualu Award for Community Education

06.28.2016

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Thirty Students Named To Akamai Summer Internship Program

05.24.2016

The Akamai Workforce Initiative, a local program dedicated to advancing Hawai‘i college students into science and technology careers, has announced the latest class of students for its 2016... more »

TMT Scientists Participating in Annual “Journey Through The Universe” To Discuss Science Fun In Classroom

03.02.2016

TMT scientists and staff will team up again with others from the local astronomy industry in bringing science to Big Island students next week as part of the “Journey Through The Universe... more »

Statement from TMT Regarding Recent Board Meeting

02.11.2016

The TMT International Observatory Board of Governors met last week to discuss the future of TMT on Maunakea. To follow is a statement from Henry Yang, Chair of the TMT International Observatory Board: more »

$100,000 IN THINK FUND AT HCF SCHOLARSHIPS FUNDING AVAILABLE Hawaii Island Students Pursuing STEM College Degrees Encouraged To Apply

01.26.2016

PASADENA, CALIF (January 25, 2016) – THINK Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) Scholarship applications are currently being accepted through HCF's common online scholarship application... more »

THINK Fund STEM Classroom Grants to Kona, Volcano, Laupahoehoe, Kau and Pahala Schools

12.11.2015

The Hawaii Island New Knowledge (THINK) Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation, established by TMT, continues to support teachers in Hawaii Island schools to boost STEM learning for their students.... more »

The Hawaii Supreme Court Ruling

12.07.2015

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, the Hawaii Supreme Court invalidated the Conservation District Use Permit issued by the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) to the University of Hawaii - Hilo... more »

Statement from TMT regarding HSC ruling

12.02.2015

 From Henry Yang, Chair TMT International Observatory Board of Directors: more »

UH confirms TMT project is the last telescope site on Maunakea

11.25.2015

 [From University of Hawaii] - A letter from University of Hawai?i President David Lassner to Department of Land and Natural Resources Chair Suzanne Case confirms that the Thirty Meter Telescope... more »

TMT to Conduct Site Preparation

11.10.2015

A small crew of local workers will go to the Thirty Meter Telescope site this month to conduct site preparation activities, starting with equipment maintenance and repairs. An exact date has not... more »

Statewide Poll Results Show Strong Support for TMT; Results Released Today

11.09.2015

On the following pages are the results of a statewide scientific public opinion poll conducted in October 2015 by Ward Research, Inc., an independent research firm based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Total... more »

TMT Project Progresses With Work Being Accomplished By Partners Worldwide

11.02.2015

TMT Project Progresses With Work Being Accomplished By Partners Worldwide Mirror Production For Telescope Is Underway In Japan more »

Third Maunakea Observatory Set for Decommissioning

10.21.2015

[From University of Hawaii] - The University of Hawaii has identified the third observatory to be decommissioned and removed from the summit of Maunake more »

TMT Responds to President Obama’s Announcement of the Kamaaina Observatory Experience at White House Astronomy Night

10.19.2015

PASADENA, CALIF (October 19, 2015) – Statement from Henry Yang, Chair of the TMT International Observatory Board: more »

Akamai Internship Program Announces Summer Internship Symposiums in Hilo, Waimea, Maui and Pasadena

07.30.2015

[From UC Akamai Workforce Initiative] - The Akamai Workforce Initiative’s Internship Program announces its Student Internship Symposiums in Hilo on Wednesday August 5 from 9 am to 11:30 am at... more »

From around the World, High School Students Gather in Hilo to Learn from Local Scientists and Engineers, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii hosts third annual Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit

07.20.2015

Hilo, HI (July 17, 2015) – Thirty-one students and teachers representing each of the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory partner countries gather in Hilo this weekend for an... more »

Canadian Federal Government announces $70 million award to Dynamic Structures for supply of Thirty Meter Telescope Enclosure

07.02.2015

[From Empire Industries ; VANCOUVER] - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry for Canada, announced on June 30 that Dynamic Structures, a division of Empire Industries Ltd., will receive up... more »

TMT Cuts Short First Day of Construction Restart For Safety Reasons

06.24.2015

Statement from Henry Yang, Chair of the TMT International Observatory Board: “This is a difficult day for Hawaii and TMT. As we attempted to begin our work today, we were met by protests that... more »

TMT Partners Agree to Restart Construction of Telescope Project

06.20.2015

Statement from Henry Yang, Chair of the TMT International Observatory Board: “After more than two months of consultation, education, and dialogue with many stakeholders, we humbly announce that... more »