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Press Releases: 2017

A collection of recent TMT press releases.

TMT Communications and Information System Ready to Enter Preliminary Design Phase

10.09.2017

Last month, the TMT Communications and Information System (CIS) passed a key test, making it ready to enter its preliminary design phase. A Conceptual Design Review (CoDR) was held at the Project... more »

Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources Approves Conservation District Use Permit to Build TMT on Maunakea

09.29.2017

The State of Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) deliberated and decided to approve a Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP) that would allow construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope... more »

TMT begins investigating the ideas for future instruments

09.26.2017

Call for TMT Instrumentation White Papers: The Thirty Meter Telescope Project, in concert with its Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), announces a call for white papers proposing design studies for... more »

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... 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... 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... more »

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

08.05.2017

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... more »

Hawaii Hearings Officer Recommends Issuance of a State Permit to Build TMT on Maunakea

08.02.2017

After nearly five months of evidentiary hearings, a former state Judge has recommended a key state permit be issued to the University of Hawaii to allow construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on... more »

Statement Regarding Judge Riki Amano’s Recommendation

08.01.2017

To follow is a joint statement from Henry Yang, Chair of the TMT International Observatory Board, and TIO Executive Director Ed Stone regarding Judge Riki Amano’s recommendation that the state Board... more »

Twenty-Nine Students Named To Akamai Summer Internship Program

07.24.2017

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 2017... more »

Meet TMT at the Annual Science Forum 2017: "Beyond First Light”

07.22.2017

Pasadena, CA (July 20, 2017) – Calling all scientists, engineers, students, educators and astronomers! TMT will host its fifth annual TMT Science Forum from November 7-9, 2017, at the Infosys... more »

Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescope Meeting Convenes

07.10.2017

Tenerife, Wednesday (July 10, 2017) – The fifth edition of the Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescope meeting (AO4ELT) was recently held in Puerto de la Cruz, in the Canary island of... more »

ThoughtWorks Team Gathers at TMT Project Office for Second Inception Meeting

07.06.2017

Pasadena, CA (June 26, 2017) – The TMT Observatory Software team, the Indian TMT Coordination Center (ITCC), ThoughtWorks software engineers and remote participants in India and Germany... more »

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 »