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  • richardmitnick 3:39 pm on September 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    From TMT: “India’s Participation in TMT Approved by the Union Cabinet” 

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    09.24.2014
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    The Union Cabinet of India chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for India’s participation in the Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) Project at Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA at a total cost of Rs. 1299.8 crores from 2014-23.

    The TMT will be constructed at a cost of US $1.47 billion (in 2012 Base Year Dollars) by an international consortium consisting of institutions from the USA, Canada, Japan, India and China. From the Indian side, this will be a joint project of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). With its contributions, India will be a 10 percent partner in the project and 70 percent of its contributions will be “in kind”. This will translate into 25 to 30 observing nights on the telescope for Indian scientists per year.

    This will enable Indian scientists to access a state-of-the-art telescope to answer some of the most fundamental questions in modern science. Indian institutions and industry will acquire or gain access to sophisticated technologies of relevance to the country. India will also become a founding member of an important international scientific project.

    The TMT will enable scientists to study fainter objects far away from us in the Universe, which gives information about early stages of the evolution of the Universe. It will also give finer details of not-so-far-away objects such as undiscovered planets and other objects in the Solar System and planets around other stars. This partnership will also enhance India’s technological capabilities in high-technology areas such as primary mirror segment figuring and polishing, mirror support system and edge sensor assembly and testing, software for observatory controls, data analysis pipelines, adaptive optics techniques etc.

    The TMT will be one of the largest optical-infrared telescopes to come up in the next decade. Its 30 metre diameter primary mirror will consist of 492 segments of 1.44 metre diameter each. These mirror segments will be cleverly positioned relative to each other through sophisticated sensors, actuators and control systems, so that the entire assembly behaves like single monolithic mirror. Its performance will be further improved by employing “adaptive optics” techniques thereby achieving performance as if the telescope is located above the Earth’s atmosphere.

    This will be a national project anchored in the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore and led by IIA, Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital and Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune. It will leverage the best of science and technology from wherever available in the country – from R&D institutions, higher educational institutions and industry. All interested scientists from the country will get time on the TMT for their scientific studies on competitive basis.

    The implementation of the project will be overseen by a high-level Executive Council co-chaired by Secretary, Department of Science and Technology and Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy.

    See the full article here.

    Near the center of Pasadena, California, a team of scientists, engineers, and project specialists is busily planning and designing what eventually will become the most advanced and powerful optical telescope on Earth. When completed later this decade, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will enable astronomers to study objects in our own solar system and stars throughout our Milky Way and its neighboring galaxies, and forming galaxies at the very edge of the observable Universe, near the beginning of time.
    Partners
    The Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy
    California Institute of Technology
    Department of Science and Technology of India
    The National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC)
    National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
    University of California

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  • richardmitnick 11:43 am on July 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    From TMT: “Scientific Authorities Sign the TMT Master Agreement” 

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    07.25.2013
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    “The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project announces today that all of the scientific authorities of the TMT partners have signed a Master Agreement. The Master Agreement document establishes a formal agreement amongst the international parties defining the project goals, establishing a governance structure and defining member party rights, obligations and benefits.

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    The TMT Master Agreement was completed today at a meeting of the TMT Collaborative Board. All representatives of the TMT partner scientific authorities have signed the document.
    Masahiko Hayashi, Director General of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) – left – and Jun Yan, Director General of the National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC) – right – sign the document.

    TMT is a unique and vibrant collaboration among universities in the United States with institutions in the nations of Canada, China, India and Japan, and with major funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Uniting these various parties under a Master Agreement stands as a significant accomplishment for TMT as a scientific endeavor with global reach.

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    The TMT Master Agreement was completed today at a meeting of the TMT Collaborative Board. All representatives of the TMT partner scientific authorities have signed the document.

    Jun Yan, Director General of the National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC) signs the document, surrounded by representatives from the scientific authorities of the TMT partners.

    From L to R: Ernie Seaquist, Executive Director of the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA); Eswar Reddy, TMT Board Member from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics; Edward Stone, TMT Board Vice Chair and the Morrisroe Professor of Physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech); Masahiko Hayashi, Director General of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ); Jun Yan, Director General of the National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC); Henry Yang, TMT Board Chair and Chancellor of the University of California Santa Barbara.

    ‘The signing of this Master Agreement marks a major milestone in the official commitment to and formalization of this global collaboration, ensuring that the TMT project is on schedule and progressing smoothly,’ said Henry Yang, Chair of the TMT Collaborative Board. ‘We have been working towards this moment for a long time and this is a special day for astronomy’s next-generation observatory.’

    The Master Agreement brings together the TMT partners for the purpose of developing, designing, financing, constructing, commissioning, operating and decommissioning a next-generation, thirty meter-class astronomical observatory.

    ‘We are pleased with this vote of confidence from the scientific authorities,’ said Edward Stone, Vice Chair of the TMT Board. ‘Their signing of this Master Agreement is a key endorsement of TMT’s scientific merits as well as the project’s overall implementation plan.’

    Looking ahead, the next step will be for the financial authorities of the partners to similarly sign the document and finalize the funding plan.

    ‘With the scientific authorities now all on board, we welcome and look forward to the critical support of the remaining financial authorities in advancing the TMT project,’ said Yang.

    2013 has been a busy and successful year for TMT, and the signing of the Master Agreement is a major step forward in the creation of a revolutionary astronomical facility. Construction of TMT is planned to begin in April 2014 and TMT is scheduled to begin scientific operations in 2022 on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

    Signatories of the Master Agreement:

    The signatories of the Master Agreement are: Donald E. Brooks, Chair of the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA) Institutional Council; Jean-Lou Chameau, President of the California Institute of Technology; Masahiko Hayashi, Director General of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ); Dr. P. Sreekumar, Director of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics; Jun Yan, Director General of the National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC) and Mark Yudof, President of the University of California.

    See the full article here.

    Near the center of Pasadena, California, a team of scientists, engineers, and project specialists is busily planning and designing what eventually will become the most advanced and powerful optical telescope on Earth. When completed later this decade, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will enable astronomers to study objects in our own solar system and stars throughout our Milky Way and its neighboring galaxies, and forming galaxies at the very edge of the observable Universe, near the beginning of time.
    Partners
    The Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy
    California Institute of Technology
    Department of Science and Technology of India
    The National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC)
    National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
    University of California


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  • richardmitnick 5:05 pm on June 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    From TMT:”Japan Signals Commitment to the TMT Project” 

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    06.03.2013

    In an important milestone for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project, Japan, one of the project’s five international partners, has indicated its strong national backing for the next-generation astronomical observatory.

    On Wednesday, May 15, the Japanese parliament, known as the Diet, passed a fiscal year 2013 budget that includes key funding provisions 1244 million yen (approximately $12.2 million U.S.) for TMT, which contains TMT preparatory budget and a portion of Japan’s TMT construction budget.

    “We welcome the support of the Japanese government as demonstrated in the 2013 annual budget,” said Masahiko Hayashi, the Director General of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), a collaborator on the TMT project. “With these funds, the TMT project will make important strides this fiscal year toward one day becoming the most advanced and powerful optical telescope on Earth.”

    See the full article here.

    Near the center of Pasadena, California, a team of scientists, engineers, and project specialists is busily planning and designing what eventually will become the most advanced and powerful optical telescope on Earth. When completed later this decade, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will enable astronomers to study objects in our own solar system and stars throughout our Milky Way and its neighboring galaxies, and forming galaxies at the very edge of the observable Universe, near the beginning of time.
    Partners
    The Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy
    California Institute of Technology
    Department of Science and Technology of India
    The National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC)
    National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
    University of California


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  • richardmitnick 6:31 pm on April 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    From TMT: A Video Introduction 

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    A video introduction to this new Astronomy project.

    Near the center of Pasadena, California, a team of scientists, engineers, and project specialists is busily planning and designing what eventually will become the most advanced and powerful optical telescope on Earth. When completed later this decade, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will enable astronomers to study objects in our own solar system and stars throughout our Milky Way and its neighboring galaxies, and forming galaxies at the very edge of the observable Universe, near the beginning of time.
    Partners
    The Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy
    California Institute of Technology
    Department of Science and Technology of India
    The National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC)
    National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
    University of California


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  • richardmitnick 5:57 pm on April 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    From TMT: “TMT Takes Step Towards Construction after Approval by the Board of Land and Natural Resources” 

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    04.13.2013

    “Friday marked another important step forward for the future of astronomical discovery and economic opportunity on Hawaii Island. The Hawaiian Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) announced that it has granted a permit to the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project to build and operate the next-generation observatory near the summit of Mauna Kea.

    With this approval, the BLNR has recognized TMT’s goal of responsible development and environmental stewardship of Mauna Kea in close partnership with local interests. The carefully considered conditions in the permit help ensure the protection of sensitive environments in Hawaii.

    ‘Over the last several years, the TMT project has welcomed the support it has received from all sectors of the Hawaiian community, from education to cultural to business to labor,’ said Sandra Dawson, TMT’s Manager of Hawaii Community Affairs. ‘We look forward to beginning construction and becoming a neighbor of the outstanding observatories on Mauna Kea.'”

    Near the center of Pasadena, California, a team of scientists, engineers, and project specialists is busily planning and designing what eventually will become the most advanced and powerful optical telescope on Earth. When completed later this decade, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will enable astronomers to study objects in our own solar system and stars throughout our Milky Way and its neighboring galaxies, and forming galaxies at the very edge of the observable Universe, near the beginning of time.
    Partners
    The Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy
    California Institute of Technology
    Department of Science and Technology of India
    The National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC)
    National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
    University of California

     
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