Fred’s first involvement with astronomy projects dates back to 1998 and the development of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) delay lines. He was responsible for their mechanical design and assembly, integration and testing. This was followed by other space and ground based astronomy projects, including actuator development for ELT, manufacturing and verification of the Gaia Basic Angle Monitoring system and project management, and MAIV for the VLT Four Laser Guide Star Facility optical tube assemblies (4LGSF OTA). Fred currently works for the TMT International Observatory in Pasadena, as a senior opto-mechanical engineer on the design, development, verification and production of the primary segment support.
Design, analysis, and testing of the optical tube assemblies for the ESO VLT four laser guide star facility
The manufacturing, assembly and acceptance testing of the breadboard cryogenic Optical Delay Line for DARWIN