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TMT Optical Test Instruments System Passes Preliminary Design Review
October 26th, 2020 Engineering & Technology

TMT Optics and Systems Engineering teams have reached another major milestone, with a successful “gate” review of the TMT optical Test INstruments System (TINS) preliminary design.

TMT Optical Cleaning System Reaches Design Milestone
September 8th, 2020 Engineering & Technology

TMT Optics and Systems Engineering teams recently conducted a technical evaluation of the primary mirror optical cleaning system, marking a major milestone in its design. The Optics Cleaning System (CLN) for TMT’s segmented primary mirror (M1) as well as the secondary (M2) and tertiary (M3) mirrors successfully passed Preliminary Design Review (PDR) on August 19 and 20, 2020 during a remote conference meeting.

Conceptual Design of TMT’s Wide-Field Optical Spectrometer Instrument Progresses
July 23rd, 2020 Engineering & Technology

One of TMT’s three “Early Light” instruments, the Wide-Field Optical Spectrometer (WFOS), recently underwent an interim Conceptual Design Review via Zoom. The review’s purpose was to assess the instrument’s progress to date and to provide guidance on potential work needed to successfully complete the technical and scientific aspects to bring the overall design to a full Conceptual Design level.

TMT Engineering Sensors System Advances to Final Design Phase
June 26th, 2020 Engineering & Technology

Recently, the TMT Engineering Sensors System (ESEN) successfully passed its Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and is now ready to enter the Final Design phase. Chris Carter and Scott Michaels, TMT telescope control and software engineers, led a team of four people in presenting the design to the review panel.

TMT Instrumentation Cryogenic Cooling System Moves on to the Final Design Phase
June 18th, 2020 Engineering & Technology

The Thirty Meter Telescope recently reached another critical development milestone with the successful Conceptual Design Review close-out meeting of the Cryogenic Cooling System (CRYO). The online review, held on May 19, 2020, focused on the completion of the recommendations that arose from the CRYO Conceptual Design Review held in August 2018.

TMT’s M1 Metrology Frame in Production
April 29th, 2020 Engineering & Technology

The first TMT primary mirror (M1) metrology frame has been built and delivered to TMT’s technical laboratory near Pasadena. TMT will use the metrology frames, which are auxiliary equipment tools, to accurately locate the M1 mirror segments during installation.

TMT Telescope Enclosure Ready for Production
April 23rd, 2020 Engineering & Technology

TMT’s Enclosure System has achieved its final design milestone, successfully passing a series of Production Readiness Reviews (PRR) in March 2020.

Testing of TMT’s Primary Mirror Segment in Progress
March 23rd, 2020 Engineering & Technology

The first of TMT’s Primary Mirror (M1) segment prototypes was recently tested and polished using the Ion Beam Figuring (IBF) process.

TMT Reaches Major Milestone with Completion of Fully Populated Mirror Segment Prototypes at the Multi-Segment Integration & Test Facility (MSIT)
March 6th, 2020 Engineering & Technology

The Multi-Segment Integration & Test (MSIT) facility at the TMT lab in Monrovia, California, is now fully populated with seven aluminum mirror segment prototypes.

Successful Receiving Inspection of 18 Mirror Blanks in India
February 6th, 2020 Engineering & Technology

One of TMT’s most important components – its huge primary mirror that spans over 30 meters – continues to be manufactured around the world.

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