ann17043 — Announcement

ESO and ESA Reach Agreement to Site Test-Bed Telescope at La Silla

7 July 2017

In August 2015, ESO and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed a cooperation agreement setting the terms and conditions for mutual cooperation and the exchange of scientific research information between the two organisations. The first project to be implemented under this cooperation agreement is the deployment of a Test-Bed Telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in northern Chile.

Operating alongside a similar project in the northern hemisphere, the 56-cm Test-Bed Telescope (TBT) will act as a precursor to a full autonomous optical sensor network which will detect and track an extensive list of near-Earth objects, such as asteroids. The TBT will demonstrate the instrument’s hardware and software capabilities, such as automatic scheduling, remote real-time control, and autonomous data processing.

Contacts

Ivo Saviane
ESO, La Silla
Tel: +56 55243 4159
Email: isaviane@eso.org

Günther Sessler
European Space Agency
Robert-Bosch-Str. 5
64293 Darmstadt, Germany
Tel.: +49-6151-902432
Fax: +49-6151-903046
Email: gunther.sessler@esa.int

Richard Hook
ESO Public Information Officer
Garching bei München, Germany
Tel: +49 89 3200 6655
Cell: +49 151 1537 3591
Email: rhook@eso.org

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ESA will site its Test-Bed Telescope at La Silla
ESA will site its Test-Bed Telescope at La Silla
ESA Test-Bed Telescope to be sited at La Silla
ESA Test-Bed Telescope to be sited at La Silla