CORDIS
EU research results

CORDIS

English EN
Technology development programme towards a European Extremely Large Telescope

Technology development programme towards a European Extremely Large Telescope

Objective

The project covers the development of enabling technologies and concepts required for the eventual design and construction of a European extremely large optical and infrared telescope, with a diameter in the 50- to 100-m range. To this end, it builds on existing European design studies, on leading industrial and academic expertise in the relevant fields, and gathers resources accross the European academic and industrial communities for a preparatory effort on crucial components, subsystems and concepts. The technology development programme which is the subject of this project will span over the 2005-2008 period. It covers relevant design and technology aspects underlying the feasibility of giant telescopes. As such, it includes, most notably, the deve lopment and testing of advanced adaptive optics technologies and concepts, of metrology systems and control schemes for segmented, active telescopes, as well as the development and testing of advanced materials and processes for the serial production of mirror segments, of low-cost drive sytems for the telescope kinamtics. Site characterization, exploratory instruments designs, and an assessment of the performance of a segmented aperture exopsed to wind on a representative site are also included.

Coordinator

EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY

Address

Karl-Schwarzschildstrasse 2
Garching Bei Muenchen

Germany

Administrative Contact

Participants (24)

Sort alphabetically

Expand all

ADVANCED MECHANICAL AND OPTICAL SYSTEMS S.A. (AMOS)

Belgium

ALTRAN TECNOLOGIA E INNOVACION, S.L.

Spain

CENTRE INTERNACIONAL DE MÈTODES NUMÈRICS EN ENGINYERIA

Spain

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE - INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES DE L'UNIVERS

France

FOGALE NANOTECH

France

GRAN TELESCOPIO DE CANARIAS S.A. (GRANTECAN)

Spain

INSTITUTO DE ASTROFISICA DE CANARIAS

Spain

INSTITUTO TECNOLÓGICO Y DE ENERGÍAS RENOVABLES, S.A.

Spain

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA

Italy

JUPA S.A.

Spain

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

MAX-PLANCK-SOCIETY FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, REPRESENTED BY THE "INSTITUT FÜR ASTRONOMIE"

Germany

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY

Ireland

SAGEM DEFENSE SECURITE

France

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

United Kingdom

SOCIETE EUROPEENNE DE SYSTEMES OPTIQUES (SESO)

France

STICHTING ASTRONOMISCH ONDERZOEK IN NEDERLAND

Netherlands

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Israel

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

UNIVERSITE DE NICE

France

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN

Netherlands

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 11863

  • Start date

    1 January 2005

  • End date

    30 June 2009

Funded under:

FP6-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 28 817 494

  • EU contribution

    € 8 399 617

Coordinated by:

EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY

Germany