Pre-delivery acceptance review in progress

Leave a comment

The Gemini Planet Imager’s (GPI’s) team just went through a 2-week review period which began on the July 8th. During the formal “sit-down review” at the University of California Santa Cruz, a total of 28 people, including staff from Gemini and the GPI project team, were physically attending the review and a number of others were participating remotely. A group picture was taken to immortalize this important moment in the life of this project (Thanks to Marshall Perrin).

Group picture of the GPI Pre-Delivery Acceptance Review taken at UC Santa Cruz

Group picture of the GPI Pre-Delivery Acceptance Review taken at UC Santa Cruz Front row: Kayla Hardie, Jennifer Dunn, Stephen Goodsell, Bruce Macintosh, Sandrine Thomas
Second row: Patrick Ingraham, Marshall Perrin, Brian Walls, Fredrik Rantakyro, Markus Hartung, Ramon Galvez, Naru Sadakuni
Third row: Vincent Fesquet, Andrew Serio, Gaston Gausachs, Kent Wallace, James Larkin, Carlos Quiroz, Don Gavel
Back row: Scott Kleinman, Kris Caputa, Dave Palmer, James Graham, Jeff Chilcote, Dmitry Savransky, Les Saddlemeyer
Not shown: Daren Dillon, Kathleen Labrie
(credit: Marshall Perrin)

Today the reviewers are expected to decide whether or not the instrument is ready to be shipped to Chile for installation on Gemini South. GPI’s main goal is to search and characterize exoplanets around nearby stars using the Gemini South telescope.

More soon!

Clear skies

Franck Marchis

About Franck Marchis

Dr. Franck Marchis is a Senior Researcher and Chair of the Exoplanet Group at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute since July 2007. Over the past 19 years, he has dedicated his research to the study of our solar system, specifically the search for asteroids with moons, using mainly ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics. More recently, he has been also involved in the definition of new generation of AOs for 8 -10 m class telescopes and future Extremely Large Telescopes. He has developed algorithms to process and enhance the quality of images, both astronomical and biological. His currently involved in the Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey, which consists in imaging exoplanets using an extreme AO system for the Gemini South telescope. This new instrument is capable of imaging and recording spectra of young Jupiter-like exoplanets orbiting around nearby stars.

Leave a Reply