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Thirty Meter Telescope project update
Author(s): Larry Stepp
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Paper Abstract

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is a public-private-international partnership to build an extremely large optical-infrared telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea on the island of Hawai'i. This paper summarizes the design and predicted performance of TMT, and provides updates on the status of the development and prototype testing activities. TMT is currently in its preconstruction phase. The roles of the partner institutions for developing and delivering observatory subsystems are now well defined, the design work is maturing and plans for construction are in place. Current plans are for start of construction in April 2014, with first light including all 492 segments installed by the end of 2021.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV, 84441G (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.928006
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Larry Stepp, Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8444:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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