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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.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-INFRASTRUCTURES-4
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Coordinator

EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY
Address
Karl-schwarzschildstrasse 2
Garching Bei Muenchen
Germany

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Participants (24)

ADVANCED MECHANICAL AND OPTICAL SYSTEMS S.A. (AMOS)
Belgium
Address
Liege Science Park, Rue Des Chasseurs Ardennais
Angleur

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ALTRAN TECNOLOGIA E INNOVACION, S.L.
Spain
Address
Parque Empresarial Las Mercedes, Edificio 1, Calle Campezo, 1
Madrid

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CENTRE INTERNACIONAL DE MÈTODES NUMÈRICS EN ENGINYERIA
Spain
Address
Campus Nord Upc, Edifici C1, C/gran Capità, S/n
Barcelona

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE - INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES DE L'UNIVERS
France
Address
3 Avenue Michel-ange
Paris

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FOGALE NANOTECH
France
Address
Parc Kennedy, Bat A3 - 285 Rue G. Roberval
Nimes

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GRAN TELESCOPIO DE CANARIAS S.A. (GRANTECAN)
Spain
Address
Via Lactea, S/m
La Laguna

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INSTITUTO DE ASTROFISICA DE CANARIAS
Spain
Address
C/ Via Lactea, S/n
La Laguna

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INSTITUTO TECNOLÓGICO Y DE ENERGÍAS RENOVABLES, S.A.
Spain
Address
Poligono Industrial De Granadilla, Parque Eólico
San Isidro

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ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Italy
Address
Via Del Parco Mellini 84
Roma

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JUPA S.A.
Spain
Address
Ctra. Madrid-toledo, Km. 43,100
Yuncos (Toledo)

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LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Paradisgatan 5c
Lund

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MAX-PLANCK-SOCIETY FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, REPRESENTED BY THE "INSTITUT FÜR ASTRONOMIE"
Germany
Address
Königstuhl 17
Heidelberg

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NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY
Ireland
Address
University Road
Galway

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SAGEM DEFENSE SECURITE
France
Address
27, Rue Leblanc
Paris

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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Swindon

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SOCIETE EUROPEENNE DE SYSTEMES OPTIQUES (SESO)
France
Address
305 Rue Louis Armand, Z.i. Les Milles
Aix-en-provence

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STICHTING ASTRONOMISCH ONDERZOEK IN NEDERLAND
Netherlands
Address
Oude Hoogeveensedijk 4
Dwingeloo

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TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
Address
Technion City
Haifa

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THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
Address
University Offices, Wellington Square
Oxford

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 1848, 2
Padova

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UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
Address
Jordi Girona, 1-3
Barcelona

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UNIVERSITE DE NICE
France
Address
28 Avenue De Valrose, Parc Valrose
Nice

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UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
Address
Niels Bohrweg 2
Leiden

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UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
Address
University Office, Old Shire Hall, Old Elvet
Durham

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