The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), one of three next-generation extremely large telescopes (ELTs), will have a 25.4- meter diameter effective aperture, and will be located on the summit of Cerro Las Campanas in Chile. Developing a new observatory for cutting-edge science operations and a 50-year lifespan poses challenges that have resulted in competing design concepts. This paper discusses the concepts that have been adopted in the GMT site master plan, including designs for the site infrastructure, telescope enclosure, and facilities. The GMTO site has been in active construction since 2015, and in the past two years has completed important steps in site development including completion of residential and office facilities, road improvements, and other necessary infrastructure to support upcoming work. This paper concludes with an overview on managing design and construction simultaneously.
Eric Grigel, Bruce C. Bigelow, William S. Burgett, Gustavo Arriagada, Robert Turner, Bahram Talison, Christopher Madden, Francisco Figueroa, Jose Teran, and Eric Manuel, "GMT site, enclosure, and facilities: design and construction update," Proc. SPIE 10700, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VII, 107000A (Presented at SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation: June 10, 2018; Published: 6 July 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2314554.
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