General Announcements

Request for Proposal: Gemini North Adaptive Optics Real Time Controller

October 31st, 2019

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA), on behalf of the Gemini Observatory, is soliciting Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Real Time Controller (RTC) in support of the Gemini North Adaptive Optics facility (GNAO), a multi-conjugate adaptive optics system.

The selected firm(s) will provide the following services:  design, analysis, procurement, fabrication, acceptance testing, packaging, transportation, delivery, and warranty of the RTC as described in GNAO-RTC-RFP-002, Specifications & Requirements document.

Gemini North Operations Impacted by Protests

July 31st, 2019

July 31: Gemini North remains closed for observations. We would at this time have been in the scheduled engineering shutdown, but the continued lack of reliable access to Maunakea has delayed the start of that work. With the approaching Hurricanes Erick and Flossie bracketing the weekend, a small crew ascended to the summit this morning (31-Jul) to leave the facility in a safe state. Once we regain reliable summit access we will commence and complete the shutdown, but to limit the loss of time in 2019B have deferred the planned primary mirror coating until 2020.

Update on Gen 4#3 (OCTOCAM)

December 11th, 2017

On December 11th, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the Gemini Observatory appointed Dr. Alexander van der Horst of George Washington University as the Interim Principal Investigator (PI) for Gen 4#3 (referenced as OCTOCAM), a next-generation astronomical instrument designed for the 8-meter Gemini South telescope in Chile. SwRI is the prime contractor with Gemini for the instrument.