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Conceptual Design of the MSE Telescope Structure contract award

The Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation and IDOM have signed an agreement for the development of the Conceptual Design of the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE) Telescope Structure. During a period of six months IDOM and the CFHT Corporation will collaborate to produce a thorough Concept Design of the Telescope Structure which will include the development of the telescope structure, mechanisms, control system, mechanical and electrical equipment and the interfaces with the telescope optics and instrumentation.

The Kick-Off Meeting for the study was held in Hawai’i during September 19th and 20th. In this meeting, members of CFHT Corporation and IDOM started sharing ideas and inspected the CFHT Observatory interfaces. From this point on, both groups will work together with the goal of conducting a Concept Design Review (CoDR) early in 2017.

The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer Project will transform the CFHT 3.6m optical telescope into a 10m class dedicated multiobject spectroscopic facility, with an ability to simultaneously measure thousands of objects with a spectral resolution range spanning 2,000 to 20,000. The project is currently in design phase, with full science operations nominally resuming in 2025. Before completion in 2025, the project will also have transformed and expanded the partnership into one poised to tackle global themes in concert with the coming wide field surveys and the new Extremely Large Telescopes.

For more information about the project, please consult the MSE website: MSE Website

October 3, 2016

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