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TMT Enclosure Design

In December 2005, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project selected an innovative spherical “calotte” design for the observatory enclosure. This creative choice is a breakthrough in telescope protection and science performance and it breaks the existing cost-growth paradigm for the construction and operation of larger and larger observatories.

Read more in the TMT Enclosure Design poster from the January 2006 AAS meeting (pdf)

TMT Week
Dr. Stephen Strom

Nearly 90 scientists and engineers, drawn from within the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) partnership and the broader astronomical community met in Aspen, Colorado, from September 27-30 to assess progress toward achieving the highest priority ground-based goal articulated by the most recent decadal survey: designing a Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope by the middle of this decade, so that construction can begin prior to 2010.
Read the article from the NOAO Newsletter (pdf)

George Angeli gives talk to USC engineering students
October 2005

George Angeli, TMT System Engineer was invited to give a TMT talk at University of Southern California. On Oct 14, 2005 he attended a luncheon and presented at the Engineering Honors Colloquium. After lunch George was escorted to the meeting room were the talk started at 1pm. With cameras rolling George presented to approximately 80 students ranging from freshmen to seniors in all majors. The presentation is now available as a sreaming RealVideo. Please choose your connection speed below:

Interview with Dr. Stephen Strom
Associate Director for GSMT development at NOAO’s NIO

Steve recently sat down with us to answer a few questions about the Thirty Meter Telescope from the perspective of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, a key project partner in the TMT. This 12'32 interview is available for download as an 11 MB MP3 file.

Looking Back to the Future of the Universe
History will record that American scientists launched one of humankind’s greatest intellectual adventures early in the 20th century. Building giant telescopes that dwarfed their predecessors, astronomers began to wrestle with our ancient, most compelling mysteries: Where are we? What are we? And where do we come from? These giant machines of glass and steel, growing decade by decade, revealed a Universe of intimidating size and imponderable age, but more remarkably, one within human understanding.

Read more in GSMT AND JWST (pdf).

New NSF Facility Plan 2005
The U.S. National Science Foundation has released its 2005 plan for major science & engineering research facilities of the future, including the Thirty Meter Telescope.

My Summer Vacation in February
Gary H. Sanders, TMT Project Manager
Yes, in February. I know that readers of this page are now enjoying the beginning of summer and school is now out and so the summer vacation trek begins. But that is a Northern Hemisphere view. My summer vacation was in February. In Chile. There it was summer.

Interview with Steve Key
Steve Key graduated with honors from California State Polytechnic University of Pomona on June 11, 2005, with a B.S. degree in architecture. The subject of Steve’s thesis was the support facility for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). He is currently working toward his architectural license in the State of California, and intends to continue his education in graduate school.

At the request of TMT staff, Steve answered a few questions about his thesis and his unusual perspective on the project.

The Thirty Meter Telescope (Top Stories)
Richard Ellis, Steele Family Professor of Astronomy and director of the Caltech Optical Observatories, will present "A Sharper View of Cosmic History with the Thirty Meter Telescope (pdf)." At 4 p.m. on June 20, in Beckman Institute auditorium. Sponsored by the Caltech Management Association. and How We Came To Be
Gary Sanders March 2005
You cannot do anything these days without a Web presence. And if you are developing the world’s largest telescope, there will be broad public interest. So you need a good Web presence. Read more...

"10 Telescopes That Will Rock Your Universe"
Video Clip from CNN March 25, 2005
This video clip from CNN Headline News interview with Popular Science Magazine’s Senior Editor Michael Moyer includes a discussion of the Thirty Meter Telescope.
View Clip [3:30 running time, Windows Media, 3 MB]

TMT Presentation Slides from the American Astronomical Society Meeting
Gary Sanders January 2005
The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Project is engaged in a design and development phase. TMT is proposed as a private-public partnership of the California Institute of Technology and the University of California (partners in the earlier CELT design study), AURA (designers of the earlier GSMT concept), and the Canadian ACURA consortium (designers of the VLOT concept). The partners are developing a 30 meter diameter, finely segmented filled aperture telescope with seeing-limited and diffraction-limited capabilities to address the broad range of GSMT science goals. The paper will present the status of the project development and telescope and instrument design. Download Presentation [1.5 MB pdf]

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