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New part of TMT facility opens near Bengaluru | India News

BENGALURÚ: As part of the global Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project, the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) on Tuesday inaugurated optics manufacturing facilities at its Center for Research and Education in Science and Technology (CREST) ​​campus In Hoskote, 35 km northeast. from Bengaluru.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, who inaugurated the facility, said: “… India’s foray into such global and world-class scientific enterprises seems natural, given its intellectual reserves and global stature as an emerging economic and political power. It is important to instill scientific thinking in the younger generation. Institutes like this should be able to provide a platform for innovations and technological advancements. ”
The TMT, which is being installed on the island of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, will be the world’s most advanced and capable ground-based optical, near-infrared and mid-infrared observatory. It will integrate the latest innovations in precision control, segmented mirror design, and adaptive optics. And, the new IIA facility will manufacture optics to carry out this international effort.
At the heart of the TMT is the segmented mirror, made up of 492 individual segments. These precisely aligned segments will function as a single 30 m diameter reflective surface.
The project is an international partnership between CalTech, universities in California, Canada, Japan, China, and India. The Aryabhatta Research Institute for Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital, IIA, Bengaluru and the Interuniversity Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune are the three main institutes that constitute TMT-India.
TMT-India activities will be coordinated by the India TMT Coordination Center (ITCC) established by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), with the IIA as the nodal agency. India TMT will be jointly funded by DST and the Department of Atomic Energy.
In 2014, the Trade Union Cabinet approved India joining Japan, China, Canada and the US in building the TMT. Naidu said that participation in such scientific megaprojects provides a level playing field for Indian scientists and helps industries to develop capacity in high-tech fields.
“The facility opened Tuesday is for qualifying small payloads and will also be opened for use by universities and industry to develop payloads in tight spaces. These facilities will help the space sector grow in the future, ”added Naidu.

Times of India