9 July 2018 Towards integration of the Unit Telescope for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory interferometer
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Abstract
The Unit Telescope (UT) for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory (MROI) is composed of four major hardware components: The Unit Telescope Mount (UTM), Enclosure, Optics and the Fast Tip Tilt System (FTTS). Integration of the UT started in 2016 when the UTM arrived and its Assembly, Integration and Verification activities began. Critical activities included: installation at the Maintenance Facility, integration and alignment of the Optics and Wave Front Sensor (WFS) and finally the complete optical alignment. End-to-end UTM Site Acceptance Tests (SAT) were performed. Subsequent activities included receiving and integrating the FTTS. With the arrival and assembly of the Enclosure, the last component of the UT was ready for integration on a dedicated concrete pier. Specialized equipment will be used for the final integration of the UT, and for transportation to its final location on the array where SAT for the UT will take place.
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Andres Olivares, Fernando Santoro, Christopher Salcido, Robert Ligon, Chuck Dahl, Perry Johnston, Robert Blasi, Allen Farris, Dylan Etscorn, Michelle Creech-Eakman, Ifan Payne, John Young, Davide Marzotto, and Olivier Pirnay "Towards integration of the Unit Telescope for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory interferometer", Proc. SPIE 10701, Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VI, 107010P (9 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312908; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2312908
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