Overview: The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is a next-generation extremely large telescope that will offer astronomers a window to the Universe with unprecedented quality and depth. The primary mirror of the TMT will be 30m making it among the largest optical-near infrared telescopes to be built in the coming decade. Scientist will use the TMT to find answers to grand questions like “What are dark matter and dark energy?”, “When did the first galaxies form and how did they evolve?”, “What kind of galaxies host what kind of black holes?, “How do stars and planet form?”, and “Is there life elsewhere in the Universe?”. TMT is being jointly developed by Caltech, the Department of Science and Technology of India, National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Institutes of Natural Sciences/National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, National Research Council Canada and the University of California. Onsite construction is expected to begin in the late 2020s.
IPAC supports the TMT Project with a number of business and engineering services. We are currently implementing the TMT Software Test and Integration Laboratory (TMT-STIL) after successfully demonstrating a prototype for the system. The TMT-STIL provides a set of software build and test environments for continuous integration with automated unit, component, and system-level testing for all TMT Software Systems. It integrates several cloud-based services, including cloud computing, software planning, issue tracking, configuration management, documentation, and messaging.
In addition, IPAC administers the "Bravo Events" reporting system for the project, gathering weekly the accomplishments, issues, and decisions for each aspect of the project into a coherent report. IPAC also manages the cloud-based JIRA Issue Tracking system for the TMT project and hosts a TMT-proprietary engineering reporting system in the IPAC data center.
The IPAC Communications and Education (ICE) team supports TMT with full-service workforce, education, public outreach and communications (WEPOC) management, planning, programing, execution and evaluation. ICE also manages and coordinates TMT International Observatory partnership-wide strategic and crisis communications activities.
Engineering & Technology • September 16th, 2019
New developments within the TMT Quality Assurance program include the acquisition of an advanced metrology system to measure to very high precision the telescope primary mirror assemblies.