Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE) Update

By / par Patrick Hall (MSE Management Group Member)
(Cassiopeia – Winter / hivers 2018)

The MSE Management Group has just completed its annual face-to-face meeting in Waimea, Hawaii. The Management Group welcomes its new incoming chair, Andrew Hopkins (Macquarie U., Australia), as well as new members Laura Ferrarese (NRC Canada) and Luis Ho (Kavli Institute, China). A more substantial update will appear in the next Cassiopeia.

MSE Project Book

The MSE Project Book is now available as arXiv:1810.08695. The Project Book is a summary of the technical status of MSE for engineers and technical managers as the project advances from the Conceptual Design Phase into the Preliminary Design Phase. The Book also provides information on the science motivations of the MSE capabilities and requirements.

Wide Field Astronomy in Canada

MSE science interests were represented at the Wide Field Astronomy in Canada workshop at the Perimeter Institute October 10-11. Presentations can be found under the Schedule tab at this link.

CFI Proposal

Letters of intent for a CFI proposal have been submitted to numerous institutions for the 2019 CFI round. We anticipate a substantial request to complete design work on the enclosure and telescope structure, let by UVic Prof. Colin Bradley and involving U. Victoria, UBC, Western, Waterloo, York, McGill, Laval, and Saint Mary’s.

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