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GMT site, enclosure, and facilities design and development overview and update
Author(s): Jose Teran; William S. Burgett; Eric Grigel; Bruce C. Bigelow; Eduardo Donoso; Francisco Figueroa
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Paper Abstract

The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will have a 25.4-meter diameter effective aperture, and is one the three currently planned next generation extremely large telescopes (ELTs). The GMT will be located at the summit of Cerro Campanas at the Las Campanas Observatory (LCO) in Chile, one the world’s best observing sites. This paper provides an overview of the site master plan comprising site infrastructure, enclosure, and facilities, and outlines the analysis of alternative trade studies that will lead to the final design. Also presented is an update of the site infrastructure development and preconstruction activities currently underway that will be completed prior to the beginning of enclosure construction near the end of 2016.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 2016
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 990610 (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232573
Show Author Affiliations
Jose Teran, M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. (United States)
William S. Burgett, GMTO Corp. (United States)
Eric Grigel, M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. (United States)
Bruce C. Bigelow, GMTO Corp. (United States)
Eduardo Donoso, GMTO Corp. (United States)
Francisco Figueroa, GMTO Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9906:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI
Helen J. Hall; Roberto Gilmozzi; Heather K. Marshall, Editor(s)

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