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TMT Adaptive Secondary Mirror Passes Conceptual Design
October 18th, 2018 Engineering & Technology

Pasadena, CA - Sept. 25, 2018 – The TMT Project Office recently held a conceptual design review to evaluate the design study for the TMT’s Adaptive Secondary Mirror (AM2) system.

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TMT Executive Software Successfully Passes First Phase of Preliminary Design Review
October 11th, 2018 Engineering & Technology

Pasadena, 5 October, 2018 - The TMT Observatory Executive Software (ESW) has passed a key milestone and is now ready to enter final design phase. An ESW Preliminary Design Review phase1 (PDR1) was held at the project office on September 27, 2018. ThoughtWorks, ITCC and TMT Engineers presented the overall Executive Software architecture and operations concepts, as well as their updated requirements and technical use cases.

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W. M. Keck Observatory Awarded NSF Grant To Develop Next-Generation Adaptive Optics System
October 4th, 2018 Science & Astronomy

“This revolutionary system will significantly expand Keck Observatory’s scientific reach,” said Co-Principal Investigator Andrea Ghez, director of the UCLA Galactic Center Group. “KAPA will also serve as an intellectual springboard for the coming generation of extremely large telescopes. We are developing KAPA in partnership with the Thirty Meter Telescope, Giant Magellan Telescope, and European Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) so they can be...

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TMT Camp Laniakea
September 17th, 2018 Education & Outreach

Fun and learning at TMT Camp for Puna Keikis

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The TMT Primary Mirror System Successfully Passes Final Design Review
September 10th, 2018 Engineering & Technology

PASADENA (July 26-27, 2018)– The Thirty Meter Telescope Optics Group recently achieved a critical milestone by passing its Primary Mirror Optics System (M1S) final design review. The review board, comprised of international reviewers and observers from various institutions including ESO, ITCC, JPL, JWST/Ball Aerospace, KECK, NAOJ, NIAOT, and the TMTPO*, met at TMT headquarters in Pasadena.

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Thirty Meter Telescope’s Cryogenic Cooling System Passes Conceptual Design Review
August 29th, 2018 Engineering & Technology

PASADENA July 11, 2018 – The conceptual design of TMT’s Cryogenic Cooling System (CRYO) has passed its conceptual design review. Engineers from the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry (TIPC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) joined TIO engineers at the project office to present the system that will be used to maintain parts of TMT’s first-light science instruments at cryogenic temperatures of 77 K.

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Thirty-Eight Students Complete Akamai Summer Internship Program
August 14th, 2018 Education & Outreach

The Akamai Workforce Initiative, a local program dedicated to advancing Hawai‘i college students into science and technology careers, recently wrapped up its 2018 summer internship program with a series of symposiums highlighting the interns’ work. With lead funding from the Thirty Meter Telescope, the Akamai Internship Program provides community college students and undergraduates with summer projects at observatories and other high tech...

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Thirty Meter Telescope - MICHI Workshop on thermal-IR Astronomy in China
August 3rd, 2018 TMT Partner News

On July 16, 2018, a workshop about TMT's Mid-Infrared Camera, High-disperser, and Integral field spectrograph (MICHI) was held at the National Astronomical Observatories, CAS (NAOC), Beijing.

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Future Mariners: Astrometry with TMT Part 2
July 24th, 2018 Associate Project Manager Blog

In Part 1 of this article, I described astrometry and why it's such an important part of astronomy. Now, we're going to look at how TMT will perform astrometry to a new degree of precision.

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Future Mariners: Astrometry with TMT Part 1
July 10th, 2018 Associate Project Manager Blog

While pursuing my doctorate in experimental astrophysics, in London, I would sometimes visit the map room at the British Museum. I'd look at the ancient maps, with coastlines that were recognizable, but distorted and out of proportion. Some areas were imagined to be populated by terrifying monsters, or even left blank, because cartographers of the time had insufficient information to do better. Over time, as more information was observed or...