Telescope Mount Assembly (TMA) subcontractor Asturfeito in Spain has begun to produce the circular steel tracks for the elevation hydrostatic bearings. Project Manager Francisco Romero is shown here standing on the material used for the azimuth bearing track assembly with the circular tracks that support the elevation bearings to his left. Two tracks will be stacked on each side of the telescope in the central structure to support the elevation trunnion bearings. To Francisco’s right, note the plasma cutter’s glowing arc as it is used to cut steel plates for additional azimuth track sectors.
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