The Extremely Large Telescope

UK involvement in the ELT


The E-ELT will invest in excess of 800 M€ in industry. The bulk of this investment will be made in the ESO Member States and Chile. The main opportunity areas are listed below:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Optics
  • Cryogenics & HVAC
  • Electronics & IT
  • Infrastructure

Less predictable but nonetheless concrete benefits will accrue from capacity building in industry particularly in the area of precision optical surfaces and from the innovations needed to meet the technology targets presented by this project.

For a better understanding of the opportunities in all areas it is necessary to understand something of the E-ELT construction proposal and baseline design. Please refer to the ‘Talking to industry’ link for UK presentations on the topic and to the ESO link to their excellent publication ‘The E-ELT Construction Proposal’.

The E-ELT Construction Proposal [PDF/23 MB]