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TMT Telescope Control System (TCS) Making Progress Toward Preliminary Design Review
June 19th, 2018 Engineering & Technology

Work is moving forward on TMT’s Telescope Control System (TCS), which is responsible for the coordination and control of the various telescope subsystems, responding to commands received from the observatory control system and from expert user interfaces. A part of TMT’s India work-share, the TCS is technically challenging due to the large...

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TMT International Observatory Science Advisory Committee (SAC) Meets in Pasadena
April 18th, 2018 Science & Astronomy

Members of the TMT Science Advisory Committee (SAC) met in Pasadena on April 9&10, 2018 for their quarterly gathering. SAC representatives reported on their respective activities for the TMT project and discussed top-level requirements for TMT’s suite of science instruments.

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TMT Board Defers Decision on Thirty Meter Telescope Site
April 13th, 2018

The TMT International Observatory (TIO) Board of Governors at its meeting this week deferred a decision on whether to continue towards building the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii, or to consider the alternative in the Canary Islands.

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Thirty Meter Telescope’s Refrigeration Cooling System Passes Conceptual Design Review
March 19th, 2018 Engineering & Technology

Pasadena, March 16, 2018 - The conceptual design and scope of TMT’s Refrigerant Cooling System (REFR), which was executed and developed by a close Chinese-North American collaboration, successfully passed a recent conceptual design review. This system will be used to provide cooling to electronics enclosures mounted on the telescope structure. The system also maintains several TMT instrument enclosures at subzero temperatures to reduce thermal...

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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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Hawaii Board of Land & Natural Resources Hears Final Arguments in Conservation District Use Permit Contested Case
September 21st, 2017

The process to secure a Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP) to build TMT on Maunakea continued in Hawaii, as the state land board – also known as the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) – heard final oral arguments from all parties involved in the contested case.

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Hawaii Hearings Officer Recommends Issuance of a State Permit to Build TMT on Maunakea
August 2nd, 2017 Science & Astronomy

After nearly five months of evidentiary hearings, a former state Judge has recommended a key state permit be issued to the University of Hawaii to allow construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea in Hawaii.

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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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India’s Devasthal Telescope
April 13th, 2017 Associate Project Manager Blog

In the Himalayan foothills near Naintal, India, stands the largest single-mirror optical telescope in Asia: India’s new Devasthal Telescope, designed and built under the joint leadership of the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), the Indian Institute for Astrophysics, and the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research.

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TMT International Observatory and Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) Sign Agreement on Hosting the Thirty Meter Telescope in La Palma, Spain
March 29th, 2017 Science & Astronomy

Clearing a major milestone to construct and operate the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) in La Palma, Canary Islands, the TMT International Observatory (TIO) and Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) sign a hosting agreement.