General Announcements

Request for Proposal: Gemini North Adaptive Optics Imager

August 7th, 2019

Announcement of Opportunity

All RFP documents and schedule will be added to this page within a month of this announcement.

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA), on behalf of the Gemini Observatory, is soliciting competitive proposals to design and build the Gemini North Adaptive Optics Imager (GNAOI) for use on the Gemini North Telescope.

Gemini North Operations Impacted by Protests

July 31st, 2019

July 31: Gemini North remains closed for observations. We would at this time have been in the scheduled engineering shutdown, but the continued lack of reliable access to Maunakea has delayed the start of that work. With the approaching Hurricanes Erick and Flossie bracketing the weekend, a small crew ascended to the summit this morning (31-Jul) to leave the facility in a safe state. Once we regain reliable summit access we will commence and complete the shutdown, but to limit the loss of time in 2019B have deferred the planned primary mirror coating until 2020.

Update on Gen 4#3 (OCTOCAM)

December 11th, 2017

On December 11th, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the Gemini Observatory appointed Dr. Alexander van der Horst of George Washington University as the Interim Principal Investigator (PI) for Gen 4#3 (referenced as OCTOCAM), a next-generation astronomical instrument designed for the 8-meter Gemini South telescope in Chile. SwRI is the prime contractor with Gemini for the instrument.

The 2017 Request for Proposals for Instrument Upgrades is now open

July 24th, 2017

The Gemini Observatory consists of two 8-meter telescopes; one located on Maunakea in Hawaii, USA (Gemini North), the other on Cerro Pachón, Chile (Gemini South). The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) is the managing organization of the Gemini Observatory under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF). Gemini Observatory Participant nations are the United States of America, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. For more information, visit the Gemini Observatory website at www.gemini.edu.

Announcing the Instrument Upgrade Request for Proposal

September 29th, 2016

Gemini is committed to providing our community a continually enhanced instrumentation suite. Gemini’s development program will provide funding to upgrade existing operational instrumentation to create new instrument capabilities at the Gemini North and/or Gemini South telescopes. The Observatory is seeking community-created, science-driven instrumentation upgrade proposals, and will consider any area that fits the set of IUP requirements provide in the RFP.

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