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TMT Telescope Control System (TCS) Making Progress Toward Preliminary Design Review
June 19th, 2018 Engineering & Technology

Work is moving forward on TMT’s Telescope Control System (TCS), which is responsible for the coordination and control of the various telescope subsystems, responding to commands received from the observatory control system and from expert user interfaces. A part of TMT’s India work-share, the TCS is technically challenging due to the large...

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Thirty Meter Telescope’s Refrigeration Cooling System Passes Conceptual Design Review
March 19th, 2018 Engineering & Technology

Pasadena, March 16, 2018 - The conceptual design and scope of TMT’s Refrigerant Cooling System (REFR), which was executed and developed by a close Chinese-North American collaboration, successfully passed a recent conceptual design review. This system will be used to provide cooling to electronics enclosures mounted on the telescope structure. The system also maintains several TMT instrument enclosures at subzero temperatures to reduce thermal...

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TMT Observatory Software Infrastructure Progress
February 15th, 2018 Engineering & Technology

The year started at full speed for the TMT Observatory Software (OSW) team, who met in Pune, India with their colleagues from the India TMT Coordination Center (ITCC) and ThoughtWorks engineers to conduct their 3rd Common Software (CSW) sub-system inception meeting.

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Mirror Blank from Japan Successfully Shipped to Bengaluru, India
January 9th, 2018 Engineering & Technology

The shipment of TMT’s first meniscus-shaped primary mirror segment to the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) in Bengaluru (Bangalore) has just been completed.

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Thirty Meter Telescope Narrow Field InfraRed Adaptive Optics System Real-Time Controller Proceeds to Fabrication Phase
January 8th, 2018 Engineering & Technology

The Real-Time Controller of TMT’s Narrow Field InfraRed Adaptive Optics System (NFIRAOS) successfully passed its final design review and is ready to proceed to the fabrication phase, which is expected to last approximately four years.

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TMT to work with Coherent Inc. to polish primary mirror
November 7th, 2017 Engineering & Technology

Marking a major production milestone, TMT has entered into a contract with Coherent Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of lasers and laser-based technology for scientific, commercial and industrial customers, to polish its U.S. manufactured primary mirrors (M1) segments.

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TMT Communications and Information System Ready to Enter Preliminary Design Phase
October 9th, 2017 Engineering & Technology

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 Office in Pasadena to evaluate the proposed conceptual design solution and the technical trade-offs considered for TMT’s network and security needs.

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First TMT Mirror Segment Installed for Testing
September 14th, 2017 Engineering & Technology

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 lab in Monrovia, California. This is the first time a PSA has been integrated into hardware in a way that accurately reflects how the segments will be installed into the final mirror cell of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

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Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescope Meeting Convenes
July 10th, 2017 Engineering & Technology

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 Tenerife, Spain. The conference gathered specialists from all around the world to discuss the latest developments made in Adaptive Optics for the current and next-generation of ground-based telescopes.

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ThoughtWorks Team Gathers at TMT Project Office for Second Inception Meeting
July 6th, 2017 Engineering & Technology

The TMT Observatory Software team, the Indian TMT Coordination Center (ITCC), ThoughtWorks software engineers and remote participants in India and Germany recently gathered for the second inception meeting at the TMT project office to discuss the Common Software (CSW) development phase.