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Gen 4#3 Summary 

Gen 4, instrument number 3 (Gen 4#3) is the current generic name for the next Gemini facility instrument.

In April 2012, the STAC released a number of guiding principles for the future Gen 4#3 instrument. See Science Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation 3.12.

In April 2015, Gemini funded a number of independent and non-competitive instrument feasibility studies to help Gemini understand the science-capability-cost trade space as one of the inputs for creating the constraints and requirements for Gen 4#3. There was no resulting down-select or intention of pursuing a particular instrument concept. GIFS gave the community the opportunity to provide their own compelling science cases, requirements, and enabling instrument design whilst demonstrating technical and cost feasibility within a cost target, complying with a set of top-level STAC-provided guiding principles. GIFS resulted in four outstanding studies for Gemini: GEONISGMOXMOVIES, and OCTOCAM. Each study team contributed added value in exploring the science-capability-cost trade space. For more information, see the GIFS Home Page.

In 2015, Gemini assembled an independent Gen 4#3 Steering Committee to help with guiding the Observatory with the Gen 4#3 project.

Following the studies, Gemini created a Science Assessment Report and a Technical & Cost Assessment Report for the Gen 4#3 Steering Committee. These reports summarized, compared, and contrasted aspects of the independent GIFS studies assessing the combined science-capability-cost trade space. Following recent STAC recommendations and Board resolutions, the independent Gen 4#3 Steering Committee made recommendations to the Observatory regarding drivers, requirements, and clauses relevant to the Gen 4#3 design and build contract.

Gemini considered the Gen 4#3 Steering Committee recommendation report, public community comments and feedback, financial constraints, time constraints, technical/interface constraints, Board resolutions, and STAC recommendations when creating the Gen 4#3 Request for Proposals (RfP) clauses and Gen 4#3 contract model. The RfP has been released, see the link at the top of this page for the RfP.


Gemini Team

The current Gemini Gen 4#3 team include: 

  • Morten Andersen, Project Scientist
  • John Bassett, Systems Engineer
  • Andrea Blank, Project Assistant
  • Cathy Blough, Program Support Specialist
  • Karen Godzyk, Contracts Officer
  • Stephen Goodsell, Project Manager
  • Scot Kleinman, Project Sponsor
  • Eric Tollestrup, Senior Program Scientist

    Gen 4#3 Steering Committee

    The main role of the Steering Committee is to provide the project with specialized community-based guidance and support through its lifetime, concluding with instrument commissioning.

    The Gen 4#3 Steering Committee will aid the Gemini project team with the completion of the GIFS studies and with the transition to the design and build contract(s) for the Gen 4#3 instrument. We expect to commission Gen 4#3 in the early 2020s.

    The mandate of the Steering Committee is to: 

  • Provide specialized subject matter knowledge and advice throughout the project's duration.
  • Advocate for and represent the project in governance meetings and to the community.
  • Inform the Gen 4#3 team of known factors that may affect the project's success.
  • Advise Gemini through participation and provide assessments at project stage reviews (i.e., Design, Pre-ship, Acceptance, etc.).
    • RfP documentation set is released
    • RfP documentation set released for solicitation on 10 May 2016
  • The current members of the Gen 4#3 Steering Committee are: 

Latest News May 2016 

  • The Gen 4#3 Request for Proposals was released on 5th May 2016. The RfP document set can be downloaded from the Gen 4#3 RfP webpage. Notices of Intent are due 01st August 2016 and Proposals are due 29th August 2016. 
  • The Gemini Science Technology & Advisory Commitee (STAC) held its tenth meeting on 5-6 May 2016 in Hilo, Hawaii. Gen 4#3 remains the second highest development priority and it was reemphasized that the goal is for this instrument to be available when LSST begins operations. The STAC recommendations can be found in the 2016A STAC report.

Latest News June 2016 

  • A Proposers Conference was held in Tucson on 08 June. Aim of the conference was to give attendees a clearer understanding of the RfP process, encourage collaboration, discuss RfP key topics, detail how to submit a proposal and provide a platform for a Q&A session. 
  • Gemini encourages collaborations and provides a forum for those seeking additional partners to complete a team for this work. 
  • Gemini hosted an Open House at SPIE on Wednesday 29th June 2016 to update the wider community about latest Gemini developments and the Gen 4#3 Request for Proposals.

Latest News August 2016

  • Notices of Intent for the Gen 4#3 RfP were received 01st August. Proposals are due 29th August 2016.
  • Updated Gen 4#3 Q&As and further RfP information can be found on the Gen 4#3 RfP webpage

Latest News September 2016 

  • Gemini received a total of four Gen 4#3 proposals on the August 29th deadline, and has commenced with the evaluation process.
  • An evaluation committee meeting was held in Tucson on 23 September and the committee created a number of high valued recommendations in their report. 

Latest News October 2016

  • Gemini is making a number of virtual and physical site visits to seek clarification from proposers before making a final recommendation to the Gemini Board by the end of the month.

Latest News December 2016

  • The Gemini Board held it's Q4 meeting on 16-18 November is La Serena, Chile. The Gemini Board endorses the Observatory's plan to initiate contract negotations for the Gen 4#3 project with their preferred selection. The Board resolutions can be found in the 2016 November Resolutions