The Indian large optics facility will be dedicated to TMT primary mirror segment production: grinding, polishing, hexagonal cutting and support assembly mounting.
The new facility, which is close to completion, is located on the Hosakote campus of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics and is part of the Centre for Research and Education in Science and Technology (CREST). The facility will host the production of TMT mirror segments and high-tech optical equipment.
Front left to right: Mr. Arun Ramchandani, Vice President & Head, Product & Technology Development, L&T Defense, and Professor Jayant Murthy, Director, IIA.
TMT Primary Segment Assembly rendering including the hexagonal segment, the segment support assembly and the fixed frame attached to part of the mirror cell in the lower portion of the figure.
In December 2018, India TMT signed a contract with L&T Company for the production of the Segment Support Assemblies, a major component of TMT’s main mirror hardware.
TMT and L&T team participated in a kick-off meeting on 30 January 2019 to produce TMT Mirror Segment Support Assemblies.