Commercial power has been restored to Cerro Pachón, and the road will be passable for a delivery of fuel for the backup generator on Monday. Thus, we will be resuming science operations early next week.
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.
The Users Committee for Gemini has reserved a 2-hour block for a hands-on, bring-your-own data workshop with Gemini staff and expert users. What topics would you like to see addressed in such a workshop? Examples might be mask-making with GMMPS or reducing GPI data; please tell us what YOU would like help with by submitting topics for discussion.
As part of Gemini’s comprehensive energy savings initiative, Gemini North Telescope Facility (GN) seeks to provide a full range of improvements and services to reduce costs of energy and water use (referred to as Energy Savings Projects - ESP). Services may include a technical audit to assess energy, water, and operations and maintenance savings opportunities, design, acquisition, installation or modification of energy-using equipment, and maintenance and training in the operation of such equipment.
Gemini North Observatory is a five-story facility that houses an 8-meter telescope and support instrumentation, equipment, and work space. Gemini seeks professional architectural and engineering (A&E) services via a professional services agreement for upcoming projects anticipated to total several hundred hours of architectural, structural, electrical, and/or design engineering services. Gemini seeks to pursue additional projects upon successful completion of the first project, the GN Storage Mezzanine.
Gemini North on Mauna Kea seeks to seal the support building roof in seven locations where existing roof pipe penetrations shall be removed. Gemini staff shall remove the existing seven roof penetrations prior to Contractor performing the necessary roof sealing work. The hardware and method employed to seal the roof penetrations shall provide trouble-free performance for as long as possible. Gemini plans to have work begin on the roof weather sealing in February 2015 (weather permitting) and anticipates it will be completed by mid-March 2015 (weather permitting).
As part of Gemini’s comprehensive energy savings initiative, Gemini North Telescope Facility (GN) seeks to install a 98.1 kW, net-energy metered photo-voltaic power system on the GN support building located on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, at an elevation of 13,775 ft.
On the 31st October Gemini Observatory will host an interactive remote Bidders Conference for participates to learn more about the GIFS RfP.
Participants can attend by phone or by polycom. Gemini will host two equivalent sessions to allow for participation across many different time zones.
Session 1: 11:00 – 13:30 CLST
Session 2: 19:00 – 21:30 CLST
If you plan on attending one of the sessions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and inform us which session you plan on attending and how. (i.e. my phone or polycom)