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Gemini North Adaptive Optics Imager

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The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA), on behalf of the Gemini Observatory, is soliciting competitive proposals to design and build the Gemini North Adaptive Optics Imager (GNAOI) for use on the Gemini North Telescope.

GNAOI will be used with both a Gemini North multi-conjugate adaptive optics system (GNAO) now under development and a planned future ground layer adaptive optics system. Gemini expects GNAOI to be a low-cost, low-risk design, using a single HAWAII-4RG detector and intends for GNAO to provide a 2’ field of view with a Strehl ratio of no less than 30% over the entire FoV under median seeing conditions in K band. Because GNAO is in development with a planned Conceptual Design Review in September 2019, the GNAOI team will need to coordinate with Gemini during the project on requirements and interfaces. GNAOI needs to be ready by March 2024 to start post-delivery acceptance testing at Gemini North.

AURA is seeking proposals from qualified organizations which are interested in bidding on designing and building GNAOI. Evaluation criteria will include whether a bidder is located in a Gemini partner country.

Proposal submission has now closed. Project updates will be made available here in due course. 

Links

Submit Notice of Intent, questions, and proposal to: gnaoi_rfp_submit@gemini.edu

Gemini Team

  • David Henderson - Project Manager
  • Andrea Blank - Project Coordinator
  • Trent Dupuy - Project Scientist
  • Jeff Radwick - Project Systems Engineer
  • Barbara Peterman -  Contracts Officer
  • Tito Agbayani - Contracts Administrator / Lead Buyer
  • Stephen Goodsell - Project Sponsor

News

November 2019
  • 01 Nov - Proposal submission is now closed. Updates will be posted here in due course.
October 2019 
  • On October 04 AURA held a Proposers Conference to provide a forum to review the RfP material and encourage potential proposers to ask questions regarding the RfP documentation set. Proposers attended via video conferencing. Conference details can be found in the links section above.


Gemini Observatory Participants