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First Stage Reflector Lift

November 8, 2005 :

The first stage of the reflector lift has been completed!

reflector readied for lift

This movement of the reflector was performed to place it next to the alidade.
reflector lift
with fog

As you can see, the weather became very foggy and there was even snow during the procedure.
reflector lift with crane on track

The cranes now need to be reconfigured to lift the reflector into the air and install it on the alidade. The lifting rig was tested and the weight of the reflector, without walkways, was measured to be 444 tons. Total weight, with walkways installed, was predicted to be about 458 tons. The estimated date for the final lift is November 17.