b'Engineer Innovation | Automotive & TransportationBlasted by the sun:Thermacore cools the worlds largest solar telescopeby Stephen Ferguson, Siemens PLM SoftwareCurrently under construction on thelist of 72 possible global locations after Pacific Island of Maui, the 41.5 m talltwo years of monitoring daytime Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST)visibility conditions. Haleakala has the will be the worlds largest solardarkest, clearest skies, and its tropical telescope. Once operational, the DKISTlocation and elevation mean that the will be able to provide the sharpest viewstelescope sits above the turbulent ever taken of the solar surface, whichinversion layer so there is little will allow scientists to learn even moreturbulence to blur its view or moisture to about the sun and solar-terrestrialblock the infrared spectrum.interactions. The DKIST will allow astronomers to resolve the extremelyAt the heart of the telescope is a huge small, violently active, magnetic fields13ft (4m) primary mirror which, when that control the temperature of thecombined with adaptive optics corona and the solar wind that producetechnology that reduces the amount of flares and x-ray emissions, and help toblurring from earths atmosphere, improve prediction of the way theseproduces images space weather phenomena influence the earth. 33 times sharper than those of common telescopes. The resolution of the DKIST is The telescope is currently being builtcomparable with space telescopes, but atop the Haleakala volcano on the Pacificat a much lower cost and with the island of Maui, which was chosen from abenefit of greater accessibility. Unlike a 46'