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National Science Foundation Begins Environmental Review Process
July 19th, 2022

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today issued a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and to initiate Section 106 consultation for a potential NSF investment in the construction and operation of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

TMT’s Statement on Astro2020 Decadal Survey
November 4th, 2021 Astro2020 Decadal Survey

Henry Yang, Board Chair, Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory, issued the following statement in response to today’s release of the Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s Decadal Survey:

TMT successfully passes a formal milestone review for the planning of its future operations
October 1st, 2021 Science & Astronomy

TMT recently achieved a major project milestone, with a review Board, mainly composed of external reviewers, concluding that its plans for Observatory Operations, Commissioning and Data-Management (OCDM) have reached sufficient maturity at this stage of the project design. Concretely, this positive preliminary review means that TMT’s operations plans are ready for the next rounds of Project reviews, which will assess not only operations but...

TMT Laser Guide Star Facility Passes Design Milestone
June 3rd, 2021 Engineering & Technology

The TMT Laser Guide Star Facility (LGSF) has successfully completed the first phase of its Preliminary Design Review (PDR1). The LGSF will be responsible for generating artificial laser guide stars that will be used with TMT’s Adaptive Optics (AO) systems, including NFIRAOS, the Observatory’s first-light AO facility.

TMT Mirror Segment Handling Equipment Passes Preliminary Design Review
May 27th, 2021 Engineering & Technology

The handling equipment for TMT primary mirror (M1) segment recently passed its Preliminary Design Review. The custom-designed equipment and tooling will be used to safely handle mirrors within the observatory during operational activities.

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...

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 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.

Latest Update from TMT
August 11th, 2020 Science & Astronomy

An important project for the global astronomy community, TMT is working collaboratively with the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) and the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab) to develop a U.S.-Extremely Large Telescope Program (US-ELTP).

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