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TMT Mirror Segment Shipping Container Design and Prototypes Completed through Collaborative Effort with Larson Packaging Company
March 8th, 2021 Engineering & Technology

TMT, in partnership with Larson Packaging Company, recently celebrated the successful design and completion of TMT’s Primary Mirror Assembly Shipping Container (PMASC). The shipping container will enclose and protect TMT’s primary mirror segments during transport and storage between their international destinations.

TMT Selects Coherent for Hexagonal Cutting of Mirror Segments
February 3rd, 2021 Engineering & Technology

A major milestone for the international Thirty Meter Telescope project (TMT) was reached in October 2020, as TMT selected California-based Coherent, Inc. for the Hexagonal cutting of the US allocation of its Primary Mirror (M1) segments. Coherent is one of the world’s leading providers of photonic solutions, including lasers and custom optics, and has extensive experience in large-scale precision optics and assemblies, such as those required...

Approval of the first Production Roundel for Thirty Meter Telescope’s Primary Mirror
February 1st, 2021 Engineering & Technology

The Thirty Meter Telescope Optics Group recently reached a critical production milestone, with the approval of the first polished roundel (# SN023) for TMT’s Primary Mirror (M1). Teams at TIO, NAOJ, and Canon reviewed the manufacturing operations required to turn a meniscus mirror blank into a polished roundel, and the roundel was confirmed to meet all requirements set by the TMT Project. This approval obtained in December 2020 validates years...

TMT PROJECT MANAGER DR. GARY SANDERS RETIRES AFTER NEARLY 17 YEARS
January 29th, 2021 TMT Partner News

Today about 100 friends and colleagues joined virtually to celebrate and honor Dr. Gary Sanders, who officially retired at the start of 2021 after nearly 17 years of leading the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) as Project Manager.

TMT’s Telescope Utility Services Final Design Reaches Huge Milestone
January 26th, 2021 Engineering & Technology

As an extremely complex organization of systems all interacting together, TMT will require an elaborate Telescope Utility Services (TUS) infrastructure to enable operations within the observatory, across the summit facilities, enclosure, and telescope. The first tier of TMT’s TUS successfully passed its Final Design review, covering elements of the design that pertain to the Telescope Structure and its various interfaces, via video...

Inauguration of the ITOFF facility, CREST Campus, IIA, India
January 20th, 2021 TMT Partner News

The newly built India-TMT Optics Fabrication Facility (ITOFF) was recently inaugurated by Vice President of India Shri. Venkaiah Naidu at the Center for Research and Education in Science & Technology (CREST) of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Bengaluru.

Dr. Gary Sanders to Retire
December 7th, 2020 TMT Partner News

Dr. Gary Sanders, who has led the TMT Project as Project Manager with distinction since its inception, will retire at the start of 2021.

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.

Congratulations to Professor Andrea Ghez and the Astronomy Community!
October 9th, 2020 Science & Astronomy

Many Congratulations to Andrea Ghez on the award of the Physics 2020 Nobel Prize for her work on the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way.

TMT Acknowledges the California Fires and Mount Wilson
September 18th, 2020

Many major wildfires are devastating lands and homes across the entire west coast, including in California, Oregon and Washington. Although wildland fires are common at this time of the year, the fires experienced this summer are among the region’s most destructive.

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