How will TMT make its 492 primary mirror segments behave as a single mirror of 30 meter diameter? TMT’s Alignment and Phasing System (APS) team has come up with the solution that will keep all of TMT’s mirrors aligned to a high precision of about 10 nm root-mean-square (RMS).
Following the first Science webinar held in January 2023 and providing a status update of the Thirty-Meter-Telescope (TMT) project, the TMT Science Advisory Committee (SAC) and TMT project organized last month a second webinar, this time about the science instruments capabilities of TMT.
On Sunday, 23 April 2023, the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at UH-Mānoa hosted its annual Open House. With participation from various Hawaiʻi astronomy, science and technology organizations, volunteers at the event engaged ʻohana with educational activities featuring black holes, spectroscopy, radio telescopes, tiny satellites and more.
The TMT Outreach Team had a great time connecting with families and students of all ages at the recent Pasadena Unified School District’s (PUSD’s) Science Fest 2023! Held annually, the event is open to the public and provides opportunities to learn about science, technology, engineering, health, environment and the myriad of activities taking place all around our local area.
TMT’s Optics and M1 Segment Support Assemblies (SSA) is ready to enter production following a successful Fabrication Readiness Review that assessed the production of the hardware required to support the primary mirror segments. Larsen and Toubro (L&T), which is supplying the SSAs, is now one step closer to start production and shall proceed with the procurement of raw material.
On April 20, 2023, TMT participated in the “Girls in Future Technologies” event at Walnut High School in the suburbs of LA. Hosted by the Women of AT&T, the goal of “Girls in Future Technologies” is to encourage girls to pursue education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and achieve their personal and professional objectives.
TMT’s telescope structure subsystem (STR) recently completed two successful Production Readiness Reviews (PRR2 and PRR3) to assess the availability of adequate resources and planning for production, and later for assembly, integration and verification. The STR’s design and future fabrication are activities led by NAOJ and their prime contractor Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) in Japan.
Nineteen Caltech Planet Finder Academy high school students from across the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) recently visited the TMT Lab in Monrovia. TMT System Scientist Warren Skidmore welcomed the group and ran a special workshop for the students.
TMT staff interest in astronomy goes well beyond building one of the largest and most technology-advanced ground-based telescopes! Tomas Chylek, Sr. Opto-Mechanical Engineer, and Denis Zaytsev, Observatory Software QA Engineer, are also skilled amateur astronomers who spend endless nights capturing the beauty of our sky by setting up their telescopes and cameras within the darkest regions surrounding Los Angeles.