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TMT Secondary Mirror Support System and Positioner Assembly Kick-Off Meeting
November 16th, 2023 Engineering & Technology

A kickoff meeting was recently held for the TMT Secondary Mirror Support System and Positioner Assembly (M2SSP), a critical subsystem of the TMT Observatory. Responsible for safely supporting and adjusting the rigid body motion of the secondary mirror (M2), the M2SSP encompasses all of the secondary mirror system hardware, minus the mirror...

TMT International Observatory Attended the 2023 Society of Women Engineers National Conference (sWE23) in LA
November 3rd, 2023 Education & Outreach

The women of TMT were honored to participate in the Society of Women Engineers SWE23 Conference held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, CA from 26 to 28 October, 2023.

TMT Hosts Science Workshop for Early Career Astronomers and Engineers from Japan
October 11th, 2023 Science & Astronomy

A science workshop called TMT eArly Career Centered, Engineers-Scientists Synergy (TMT–ACCESS) was held at TMT headquarters in Pasadena from 11 to 15 September. About 30 early career astronomers and engineers from Japan attended this workshop face-to-face, learned about TMT's capabilities and discussed TMT science cases.

US Extremely Large Telescope Program Receives $15.3 Million from the National Science Foundation
October 2nd, 2023

The United States Extremely Large Telescope Program (US-ELTP) today announced it has received $15.3 million from the National Science Foundation to support further design and development of advanced optical technologies and user services. The funding consists of one-year awards of $2.3 million to NSF’s NOIRLab managed by AURA, and $6.5 million each to the organizations building the Giant Magellan Telescope and the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Faster Processing for TMT's Precision Mirrors
September 1st, 2023 Engineering & Technology

Coherent installs an advanced ultrasonic machine tool to speed hexing of the 1.5 m diameter Thirty Meter Telescope mirror segments.

TMT Monrovia Lab Visit
August 22nd, 2023 Education & Outreach

On 18 July 2023, Sergio Salata, Astronomy Project Manager of Added Value Solutions (AVS) in Tenerife, visited the TMT office to tell us about the astronomy projects and other science equipment development projects the AVS company had been involved with. His short talk and discussions with project staff covered astronomy instrumentation, cooling, cryostats, opto-mechanics and other topics of relevance to TMT development.

Dust Boot Design for TMT’s Primary Mirror Moves Into Final Design Stage
July 17th, 2023 Engineering & Technology

An important component of TMT’s Primary Mirror Control Sensing System and the Alignment and Phasing System is progressing to its final design and qualification stage: the sensor dust boots.

Progress in India-TMT Optics Fabrication Facility Commissioning
July 4th, 2023 TMT Partner News

Exciting news out of India: TMT’s Primary Mirror Segment Polishing and Metrology Equipment have been successfully installed in the India-TMT Optics Fabrication Facility. The Stress Mirror Polishing machines and metrology tools involved in the production of TMT’s aspherical polished mirrors (aka roundels) were shipped to India to be installed and tested over several months.

International One Sky Project Highlights Importance and History of Indigenous Astronomy Through Film
June 9th, 2023 Education & Outreach

The One Sky Project, led by the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center and sponsored by the Thirty Meter Telescope, has produced a series of seven short fulldome films and a compiled full-length feature film focusing on cultural and Indigenous astronomy. This international collaboration seeks to build cross-cultural connections and increase understanding of different indigenous perspectives while demonstrating how our one sky connects us all. The films,...

TMT Refrigeration Cooling System Proceeds to Preliminary Design Phase
June 6th, 2023 Engineering & Technology

The TMT Refrigeration Cooling System (REFR) will proceed to the Preliminary Design phase next year after successfully passing its Conceptual Design Review closeout meeting on May 3, 2023.

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