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Altair unavailable

February 13th, 2020

The Gemini North Adaptive Optics system, Altair, is currently offline due to problems with its deformable mirror (DM) electronics. Issues with other mechanisms on the optical bench have been resolved, however, we are still working on finding the root cause of the DM electronics failure. We are making progress but still need to test a number of components. We will have more updates by the end of February. Please email your contact scientist if you have any questions or concerns about the potential impact on your program.

2020-Feb-26: Some progress has been made towards identifying the root cause of the DM failure and we are working on potential solutions to fix the problem. We expect to have more information on options and the time frame to fix Altair by mid-March.

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