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The E-ELT program status
Author(s): Roberto Tamai; Michele Cirasuolo; Juan Carlos González; Bertrand Koehler; Mauro Tuti
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Paper Abstract

ESO is now fully engaged in building the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), a 40-m class optical nearinfrared telescope to be installed on top of Cerro Armazones, Chile and become operational around 2025. The Programme was formally approved by ESO Council back in 2012. However the required funding level for starting construction was actually reached in 2014, leading to a Green Light to start large construction contracts in December of that year. Since then, the programme has entered a very busy phase leading to the signature of the first major industrial contracts as well as the agreements with scientific institutes in ESO Member States to design and built the first suite of science instruments. This paper summarizes the current status of the E-ELT Programme and presents some aspects related to scientific objectives, managerial organization, programmatic aspects and system engineering approach. It also outlines the procurement strategies put in place to achieve the goal of the Programme: building the 'world's biggest eye on the sky' within the next decade.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 2016
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 99060W (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232690
Show Author Affiliations
Roberto Tamai, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Michele Cirasuolo, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Juan Carlos González, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Bertrand Koehler, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Mauro Tuti, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9906:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI
Helen J. Hall; Roberto Gilmozzi; Heather K. Marshall, Editor(s)

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