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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...

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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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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 and Natural Resources Approves Conservation District Use Permit to Build TMT on Maunakea
September 29th, 2017

The State of Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) deliberated and decided to approve a Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP) that would allow construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea on Hawaii Island.

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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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TMT releases semi-annual payment to the THINK fund in support of Hawaii island education
September 18th, 2017 Education & Outreach

The Thirty Meter Telescope recently made the second-half of its $1 million annual payment to the THINK Fund, supporting educational opportunities for Hawaii Island students and teachers.

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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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Annual Summer Internship Symposiums in Hilo organized by the Akamai Internship Program
August 5th, 2017 Education & Outreach

The Akamai Workforce Initiative’s Internship Program will hold its Student Internship Symposiums on Hawaii Island in Hilo and Waimea on Monday, August 7. Hawaii college interns will present their summer projects with a follow-up question and answer period.

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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.