TMT Construction Proposal
The Thirty Meter Telescope Construction Proposal
The TMT Board has established an External Advisory Panel (EAP) to periodically reviewthe progress of the TMT Design and Development Program (DDP).In June 2007, the TMT Board requested the EAP to assess the proposal to construct TMTtogether with the plans to achieve construction readiness and to conduct early operations of the TMT Observatory. The EAP was charged to review the science cases, sciencerequirements, and observatory requirements. They were asked to review recent observatorydesign changes, and to evaluate the proposed design against the requirements, and to assessreadiness for construction. They were also asked to comment on the site testing and siteselection process. The panel was asked to comment on the state of operations planning andthe operational model for the observatory, as well as to evaluate the plan for TMT as anupgradeable observatory. The EAP was asked to assess the state of the project management,organization, estimated construction costs and the strategy for phasing the entire TMTprogram from design and development, construction, through commissioning and earlyoperations.The TMT project prepared The Thirty Meter Telescope Construction Proposal for thisreview. In this document, the project summarizes work completed to date and provides animplementation roadmap. It begins with the science cases and science-driven requirementsthat motivate the TMT design. This is followed by high-level operational concepts, technicalrequirements, and observatory architecture description. Detailed descriptions of theobservatory sub-systems are followed by concepts for system assembly, integration andverification followed by a description of how the observatory will be operated. The proposalconcludes with an overview of how the project will be organized and a summary of projectcost.The TMT project plans to update this proposal over the next 12 – 18 months as TMT designwork and implementation planning are completed.This version of the proposal omits some information that is proprietary to the project.