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Solar telescope project seeing light of day

July 9, 2014
The Maui News
Work continues on the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope atop Haleakala. The project is about a third completed, and work is currently focused on finishing the foundations for the Support and Operations Building, which is on the west side of the telescope dome structure, according to Mike Maberry, assistant director of the University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy. Construction of the dome structure will begin in the fall, with completion slated by the end of 2015. Work began in December 2012 and is expected to be finished in July 2019. Components of the dome and the telescope assembly have not as yet been delivered to the site, Maberry said. The delivery will involve single or small numbers of trucks and in some cases wide or extra-wide loads, which will require advance notification to Haleakala National Park and the public. The $300 million, 4-meter aperture telescope is a joint project of the National Science Foundation, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy and the University of Hawaii. The Inouye telescope, formerly known as the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope, or ATST, will look into how the sun works and also protect the nation’s communication and weather satellites and power grids.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo


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