GeminiFocus October 2017 - Page 18

Figure 1. In August, the OCTOCAM team met at Gemini North in Hilo, Hawai‘i, for the instrument’s Conceptual Design Review. (AAO Project Manager Gabriella Baker, is not pictured.) OCTOCAM Meetings Lead to Forward Progress After a successful kickoff meeting in April, the OCTOCAM team worked with Gemini staff to establish a better understanding of Gemini operations and how the new instru- ment (an 8-channel imager and spectro- graph) would be successfully integrated. The teams came together again in early August for the Conceptual Design Review in Hilo, Hawai‘i (Figure 1). Pete Roaming (Project Manager for South- west Research Institute) and Christina Thöne (Deputy Project Manager from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia in Spain) led the presentations on work accomplished during the project’s first four months. An external review panel chaired by John Troeltzsch from Ball Aerospace reviewed the required documents and led a discussion of progress thus far. The OCTOCAM team benefited from a sum- mit tour to familiarize themselves with the telescope’s physical structure, Acquisition and Guidance unit, and space envelope. A panel report was submitted to Scot Klein- man (Gemini’s Associate Director of Devel- 16 GeminiFocus opment) to be incorporated into recommen- dations to the team as they advance to the preliminary design stage. — Catherine Blough GHOST Takes Shape The Gemini High-resolution Optical SpecTro- graph (GHOST) — the joint project between Gemini, Australian Astronomical Observa- tory (AAO), National Research Council Can- ada-Herzberg (NRC-H), and the Australian National University (ANU) — has made good progress over the past few months. In May we held a team meeting in Sydney, Austra- lia, with members from all four institutions to plan the project’s test phase and work through other outstanding project issues. GHOST begins verification and testing over the next several months. AAO is completing the build phase of its work on the instru- ment’s Cassegrain unit (Figure 2) and sci- ence optical cable. The ANU has completed 70% of the instrument control software and is finishing the last lines of code needed for the upcoming testing. The GHOST data re- duction software, also being developed at ANU, is also progressing well. October 2017