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The award will also fund the development of an advanced MCAO system for high-resolu- tion studies at Gemini North, building on the experience de- veloped from the world-leading Gemini Multi-conjugate adap- tive optics System (GeMS) facil- ity at Gemini South. Gemini will work with visiting instrument teams, including the team devel- oping the Gemini InfraRed Multi- Object Spectrograph (GIRMOS) and the broader community, to develop additional instruments for the new AO system. “Deep all-sky surveys such as the Large Synoptic Survey Tele- scope will not only revolution- ize the study of transient sourc- es, but also revolutionize our view of what we think of as the ‘static Universe,’ including galaxies, quasars, and other distant objects that appear unchanging on human time- scales,” added Gemini’s Chief Scientist John Blakeslee. “With the new MCAO system in the North, and GeMS in the South, Gemini will be the only ground-based observatory capable of obtaining near-infrared imaging across the entire sky with a spatial resolu- tion and field of view comparable to the James Webb Space Telescope.” SCORPIO Under the leadership of Massimo Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute) and the management of Pete Roming (Southwest Research Institute), Gemini’s next-genera- tion instrument — the Spectrograph and Camera for Observations of Rapid Phenome- na in the Infrared and Optical (SCORPIO; for- merly OCTOCAM) — continues to make solid progress toward the Critical Design Review. Following a recent Quarterly Progress Meet- October 2018 ing (see Figure 1) held at George Washington University in August, the team are on track to hold the Optical Critical Design Review by the end of November. On completion, the team will seek permission to purchase long- lead optical components for the instrument, including the collimator and camera optics for each of the eight channels. Other areas of the instrument’s design are progressing well. Recent additional func- tionality include a mechanized cover, air purge system, and pupil imager. Figure 1. The SCORPIO team — from the Space Telescope Science Institute, Southwest Research Institute, George Washington University (GWU), FRACTAL, and Gemini Observatory — at the SCORPIO Quarterly Progress Meeting at GWU. Credit: Alexander van der Horst The project remains on schedule to complete the design phase in 2019, delivery in 2021, and commissioning before the end of 2022. Looking Forward to the Gemini Infrared Multi-Object Spectrograph The Gemini InfraRed Multi-Object Spectro- graph (GIRMOS) is a powerful new instru- ment being built for Gemini by a Canadian consortium of universities, led by the Uni- GeminiFocus 13