This conference is the latest in the series on Ground Based and Airborne Telescopes. Construction of the next generation of extremely large telescopes is underway: ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), and the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) are becoming reality and involve contributing teams from all over the world. The large numbers of automated survey facilities with custom built small and medium sized robotic telescopes, as well as world-wide collaborations of existing facilities are revolutionizing the both the construction paradigm and scientific opportunities.

The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) is completing construction and transitioning to early operations. The Vera C. Rubin Observatory is undergoing integration and approaching first science. At the Tokyo Atacama Observatory (TAO), the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST), the Iranian National Observatory (INO), and the Eastern Anatolia (DAG) Observatory construction and integration are well underway. The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) Observatory received a green light to start construction and has released calls for tender. The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) continues progress toward a full construction consortium. Scientific Balloon programs are pushing altitude boundaries, developing detector technologies, and producing valuable science. Project teams for the Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA) and Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE), amongst others, are developing designs and gaining funding. The Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT), Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), and the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) continue to increase their scientific capabilities and productivity. Many operating observatories are making major investments to deploy new instruments, increase efficiency, enable remote observation, or operate with improved performance.

Papers are solicited on the planning, design, construction, commissioning, operation, and upgrade of existing and future ground-based and airborne telescopes and arrays observing in all wavelength bands. Specific topics include:

JOINT SESSION AS103/AS108:
As before at the SPIE Astro conferences, we again look forward to an integrated session on modeling as a driver of observatory design with the Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management Conference on mutually interesting and relevant topics such as: To indicate your interest in participating in this joint session, please select 'Modeling as a Driver of Observatory Design (Joint session with AS103/AS108) from the list of topics during your submission.

Workshop Sessions AS103:
We plan to host lessons learned workshop sessions during the conference to continue the productive and enlightening conversations of the past conferences on the topics of enclosure azimuth bogie mechanisms, shutter mechanisms, and optical coatings. These workshops will utilize a moderated format with short, informal presentations by interested parties and when possible, collection and sharing of meaningful metrics across facilities. Topics proposed for this conference are: ;
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Conference

Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IX

This conference has an open call for papers:
Abstract Due: 5 January 2022
Author Notification: 6 April 2022
Manuscript Due: 22 June 2022
This conference is the latest in the series on Ground Based and Airborne Telescopes. Construction of the next generation of extremely large telescopes is underway: ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), and the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) are becoming reality and involve contributing teams from all over the world. The large numbers of automated survey facilities with custom built small and medium sized robotic telescopes, as well as world-wide collaborations of existing facilities are revolutionizing the both the construction paradigm and scientific opportunities.

The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) is completing construction and transitioning to early operations. The Vera C. Rubin Observatory is undergoing integration and approaching first science. At the Tokyo Atacama Observatory (TAO), the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST), the Iranian National Observatory (INO), and the Eastern Anatolia (DAG) Observatory construction and integration are well underway. The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) Observatory received a green light to start construction and has released calls for tender. The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) continues progress toward a full construction consortium. Scientific Balloon programs are pushing altitude boundaries, developing detector technologies, and producing valuable science. Project teams for the Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA) and Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE), amongst others, are developing designs and gaining funding. The Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT), Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), and the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) continue to increase their scientific capabilities and productivity. Many operating observatories are making major investments to deploy new instruments, increase efficiency, enable remote observation, or operate with improved performance.

Papers are solicited on the planning, design, construction, commissioning, operation, and upgrade of existing and future ground-based and airborne telescopes and arrays observing in all wavelength bands. Specific topics include:
  • Project reviews
  • Telescope structures
  • Opto-mechanical system and component design, prototyping, and implementation
  • Observatory enclosures
  • Observatory facilities and physical infrastructure, including safety systems
  • Telescope Arrays
  • Metrology and alignment
  • Site characterization, testing and development
  • Concepts for future telescopes, pathfinder projects
  • Assembly, integration, verification, and commissioning
  • Transition from commissioning to operations
  • Major maintenance projects and facility upgrades, including modifications for remote operation, more cost-effective operation, new capabilities, effective utilization
  • Industrial perspectives
  • Modeling as a driver of observatory design (Joint session with AS103/AS108).


JOINT SESSION AS103/AS108:
As before at the SPIE Astro conferences, we again look forward to an integrated session on modeling as a driver of observatory design with the Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management Conference on mutually interesting and relevant topics such as:
  • telescope and subsystem performance modeling and measurement, including vibration
  • wavefront control, segmented mirror alignment, and phasing systems
  • characterization and control of the local thermal environment, seeing, and wind buffeting
  • design and analysis of observatory structures for extreme survival, including seismic events
  • trade studies for extremely large telescopes (e.g. coolant selection, alignment approach, supporting cryogenic instrumentation).
To indicate your interest in participating in this joint session, please select 'Modeling as a Driver of Observatory Design (Joint session with AS103/AS108) from the list of topics during your submission.

Workshop Sessions AS103:
We plan to host lessons learned workshop sessions during the conference to continue the productive and enlightening conversations of the past conferences on the topics of enclosure azimuth bogie mechanisms, shutter mechanisms, and optical coatings. These workshops will utilize a moderated format with short, informal presentations by interested parties and when possible, collection and sharing of meaningful metrics across facilities. Topics proposed for this conference are:
  • Hydrostatic Bearings: Failures, Maintenance, Improvements
  • Seismic Events: Recovery and Lessons Learned
Conference Chair
DKIST/National Solar Observatory (United States)
Conference Chair
European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Conference Chair
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Program Committee
GMTO Corp. (United States)
Program Committee
European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Program Committee
Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Program Committee
Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Program Committee
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (United States)
Program Committee
Vera C. Rubin Observatory (United States)
Program Committee
Jeffrey R. Kuhn
Univ. of Hawai'i (United States)
Program Committee
Maria Grazia Labate
SKA Organisation (United Kingdom)
Program Committee
Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory gGmbH (Germany)
Program Committee
Anamparambu N. Ramaprakash
Inter-Univ. Ctr. for Astronomy and Astrophysics (India)
Program Committee
GMTO Corp. (United States)
Program Committee
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Program Committee
Thirty Meter Telescope (United States)
Program Committee
European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Program Committee
Deutsches SOFIA Institut (Germany)
Program Committee
Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (China)