Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades Gobierno de Canarias Universidad de La Laguna CSIC Centro de Excelencia Severo Ochoa

Technological Development Projects


  • ELT (Extremely Large Telescope). FP6 viability study proposal for a European Extremely Large Telescope. Contains studies and developments in various astrophysics-related fields: wavefront control, optics, mechanics, control, dome and infrastructure, adaptive optics, operations, instrumentation, and site characterisation.
  • EST (PRE-EST, GREST, SOLARNET, EST-DS). The European Solar Telescope project is promoted by the European Association for Solar Telescopes (EAST), a consortium with the aim, among others, of undertaking the development of the telescope, to keep Europe in the frontier of Solar Physics. More than 30 institutions from 18 countries participate under the superivision of the IAC and is the largest planned European infrastructure in the field of terrestrial solar physics, with a construction cost of approximately 200 million euros. By unanimous agreement the Canarian Observatories are deemed the ideal location for the EST.
  • FDI (Full Disc Imager) - A symbiotic telescope adapted for installation at the Solar Laboratory. The telescope design will be changed from a narrow tube to a closed aluminium box to make optical alignment, screening diffuse light and fixing mechanical devices (including the filter wheel) easier.
  • OGS (Optical Ground Station). Optical communication operations with the OGS. The aim of this project is to characterise optical communications from the earth to artificial satellites.
  • OPTICON Optical Infrared Co-ordination Network for Astronomy (OPTICON). Participation in OPTICON. One of the main goals of this project, to which many of the individual activities being carried out at OPTICON are also contributing, is to produce construction specifications for a European Extremely Large Telescope.

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