The Grand Conceptor Award is given annually by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). This coveted award is selected by a panel of judges from projects submitted by the nation's top engineering companies.
In 2000, the state-of-the-art facility caught the eye of the American Council of Engineering Companies, and Sato & Associates was given the Grand Conceptor Award, one of the industry's most distinguished honors.
The world's largest satellite-tracking telescope weighs 150 tons and can scan the heavens for swiftly moving objects such as intercontinental ballistic missiles of supersonic jets. Unlike telescopes used for astronomy, which have fixed positions, the 3.76 meter Advanced Electro-Optical System (AEOS) locks in on moving objects and tracks them across the horizons.
Sato & Associates engineered the $18.2 million structural system that is home for the telescope. The 41,000 square foot observatory facility is part of the Maui Space Surveillance Complex atop Mount Haleakala, Maui.
The facility supports this ultrasensitive instrument by protecting it from:
- Minute vibrations that may distort images
- Activities in attached laboratories
- External polar environment with winds of 175 miles per hour
- The scope's own high rotational starting and braking torques
- Harsh working environment