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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....

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Mirror Blank from Japan Successfully Shipped to Bengaluru, India
January 9th, 2018 Engineering & Technology

The shipment of TMT’s first meniscus-shaped primary mirror segment to the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) in Bengaluru (Bangalore) has just been completed.

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Thirty Meter Telescope Narrow Field InfraRed Adaptive Optics System Real-Time Controller Proceeds to Fabrication Phase
January 8th, 2018 Engineering & Technology

The Real-Time Controller of TMT’s Narrow Field InfraRed Adaptive Optics System (NFIRAOS) successfully passed its final design review and is ready to proceed to the fabrication phase, which is expected to last approximately four years.

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TMT’s first-light instrument enters final design phase
November 13th, 2017 Science & Astronomy

Following a successful second IRIS Preliminary Design Phase Review (PDR-2) at the TMT Project Office in Pasadena, IRIS is proceeding into its Final Design phase. The focus of the second review, held in September, involved an assessment of the IRIS software (including its data reduction system) and electrical design (including its detectors) as well as programmatic aspects spanning project cost and overall schedule.

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TMT to work with Coherent Inc. to polish primary mirror
November 7th, 2017 Engineering & Technology

Marking a major production milestone, TMT has entered into a contract with Coherent Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of lasers and laser-based technology for scientific, commercial and industrial customers, to polish its U.S. manufactured primary mirrors (M1) segments.

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TMT holds a partnership meeting with China to discuss first light instrument
October 26th, 2017 TMT Partner News

Representatives from the Thirty Meter Telescope’s (TMT’s) Wide-Field Optical Spectrograph (WFOS) team and TMT’s China partners gathered on October 16 in Beijing, China to discuss potential collaboration during the next stage of the conceptual design of WFOS.

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First TMT Mirror Segment Installed for Testing
September 14th, 2017 Engineering & Technology

On September 7, 2017, a TMT Primary Segment Assembly (PSA), fitted with an aluminum mirror segment, was successfully installed into the Multi-Segment Integration & Test (MSIT) facility at the TMT lab in Monrovia, California. This is the first time a PSA has been integrated into hardware in a way that accurately reflects how the segments will be installed into the final mirror cell of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

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Major Milestone for TMT Multi Segment Integration and Test Facility
June 13th, 2017 Engineering & Technology

An integral piece of the Thirty Meter Telescope’s Multi Segment Integration and Test facility (MSIT) has just been delivered to California. Traveling for a month between Osaka, Japan and California, the primary mirror prototype is soon to be delivered to the TMT laboratory in Monrovia.

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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’s Tertiary Mirror Enters Production Stage
March 6th, 2017 Engineering & Technology

Last month, the Thirty Meter Telescope successfully completed the Test Results Review of the Telescope Tertiary Mirror (M3) Prototype. Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP) engineers presented a series of tests on the M3 prototype, which received full approval from the members of the multinational review panel. As a result, CIOMP is now moving into the construction phase of its...