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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...

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.

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.

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.

TMT’s M1 Metrology Frame in Production
April 29th, 2020 Engineering & Technology

The first TMT primary mirror (M1) metrology frame has been built and delivered to TMT’s technical laboratory near Pasadena. TMT will use the metrology frames, which are auxiliary equipment tools, to accurately locate the M1 mirror segments during installation.

Testing of TMT’s Primary Mirror Segment in Progress
March 23rd, 2020 Engineering & Technology

The first of TMT’s Primary Mirror (M1) segment prototypes was recently tested and polished using the Ion Beam Figuring (IBF) process.

TMT Reaches Major Milestone with Completion of Fully Populated Mirror Segment Prototypes at the Multi-Segment Integration & Test Facility (MSIT)
March 6th, 2020 Engineering & Technology

The Multi-Segment Integration & Test (MSIT) facility at the TMT lab in Monrovia, California, is now fully populated with seven aluminum mirror segment prototypes.

Successful Receiving Inspection of 18 Mirror Blanks in India
February 6th, 2020 Engineering & Technology

One of TMT’s most important components – its huge primary mirror that spans over 30 meters – continues to be manufactured around the world.

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