General Announcements

Gen 4#3 SPIE 2016

June 22nd, 2016
Gemini Development will host an Open House at the Society of Physical and Industrial Engineers (SPIE) on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 12:00 (UTC). Come and learn about our latest developmetns and the Gen 4#3 Request for Proposals. One-on-one meetings are available between 14:00-16:00. Sign up on the day. We look forward to seeing you there!
 

Gemini Announces the Gen 4#3 Request for Proposal

May 10th, 2016

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA), on behalf of Gemini Observatory is soliciting proposals to design, fabricate, assemble, test, deliver, and commission Gemini Observatory's next facility class instrument, Gen 4#3. Gen 4#3 will be a wide-band medium-resolution spectrograph designed to take advantage of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) follow up opportunities.

RFP for Gemini Instrument Upgrades: Small Project

October 7th, 2015

Gemini is seeking to upgrade its operational instruments to keep them scientifically competitive. Gemini’s development program will provide funding to upgrade existing operational instrumentation, creating new instrument capabilities at the Gemini North and/or South telescopes. The Observatory is seeking community-created, science-driven instrumentation upgrade proposals, and will consider any area that fits the set of IUSP requirements provide in the RFP.

Gemini South Earthquake Update

September 25th, 2015

On September 16th, 2015, La Serena was hit by a magnitude ~8.3 earthquake at 19:54 local time, with the epicenter about 150 km from La Serena. Fortunately, Gemini staff at the Cerro Pachón summit and in La Serena were all fine. Our thoughts go out to the people that lost their lives and homes due to the quake and the following tsunami that strongly impacted the coastal areas.

Gemini North HBF Photo-Voltaic Array Power System Installation RFB

July 16th, 2015

As part of Gemini’s comprehensive energy savings initiative, Gemini North Telescope Facility (GN) seeks to install a 94.8 kW, net-energy metered photo-voltaic power system on the GN support building located at the Hilo Base Facility in Hilo, Hawaii. The proposed PV system consists 378 modules having a DC capacity of 260 W per module (98.28 kW DC total) and 4 decentralized inverters having a rated AC capacity of 24 kW AC per inverter (94.8 kW AC total). The system shall be configured in a 480 volt 3-phase arrangement.

Gemini South performing a controlled shutdown

March 27th, 2015

A severe weather event in Northern Chile with intense rains, flash floods, and mudslides has interrupted Gemini South operations. There is no damage to the facility or personnel, but we now have limited power and significant damage to the access road. To protect the infrastructure, Gemini is doing a controlled shutdown of all telescope systems including instruments. The date to resume operations is uncertain, with science operations not expected to start again before the middle of next week at the earliest.

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