IACTEC helps to boost the leading role achieved the Science Industry of Spain, specializing in large telescopes, strengthening its presence in large-scale projects in which Spain collaborates with, and in some cases leads, international consortia.
The IAC is currently participating in the main astronomical telescope projects whose construction is envisaged in the coming years at the Canarian Observatories, such as the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), the European Solar Telescope (EST), and the Liverpool Telescope 2 (LT2), as well as in other international projects, such as the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).
The Large Telescope Programme will analyse the technical synergies (high-precision active systems, mechanical structures, thermal systems, control systems) among these large projects. It will also provide the Science Industry with the requisite support for actively participating in them by helping to identify market niches with projections for future projects, such as the active control of segmented telescopes in robotic telescopes.
An essential component for the collaborative environment of IACTEC is its proximity to huge human capital and the knowledge accumulated by Grantecan S.A. over two decades, during which time that firm has undertaken the design, construction, and operation of the Gran Telescopio Canarias.