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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

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.

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Major Milestone for TMT Multi Segment Integration and Test Facility
June 13th, 2017 Engineering & Technology

An integral piece of the Thirty Meter Telescope’s Multi Segment Integration and Test facility (MSIT) has just been delivered to California. Traveling for a month between Osaka, Japan and California, the primary mirror prototype is soon to be delivered to the TMT laboratory in Monrovia.

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TMT Communications and Information Systems Kick-off Meetings
June 8th, 2017 Engineering & Technology

Managers and technical representatives of TMT and Sev1Tech Inc., an IT consulting firm, gathered on May 25 at the TMT’s Project Office in Pasadena for a detailed overview of the scope of TMT’s Communications and Information Systems.

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TMT’s Tertiary Mirror Enters Production Stage
March 6th, 2017 Engineering & Technology

Last month, the Thirty Meter Telescope successfully completed the Test Results Review of the Telescope Tertiary Mirror (M3) Prototype. Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP) engineers presented a series of tests on the M3 prototype, which received full approval from the members of the multinational review panel. As a result, CIOMP is now moving into the construction phase of its...