The ESO Extremely Large Telescope Project

18 - 02 - 2021
The European Southern Observatory’s Large Telescope (ESO’s ELT) is a revolutionary scientific project for a 40m-class telescope that will allow us to address many of the most pressing unsolved questions about our Universe.

The ELT will be the largest optical/near-infrared telescope in the world and will gather 15 times more light than the largest optical telescopes existing today. The ELT will be able to correct for the atmospheric distortions (i.e., fully adaptive and diffraction-limited) from the start, providing images 15 times sharper than those from the Hubble Space Telescope. The ELT will vastly advance astrophysical knowledge by enabling detailed studies of planets around other stars, the first galaxies in the Universe, super-massive black holes, and the nature of the Universe’s dark sector. 

In this programme ESO has awarded Procon Systems the contract for the assembly, integration and verification of the 132 electronic cabinets to be used to house control, communication and power electronic components for the primary mirror of it’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT).

Procon Systems thanks ESO for its continuous consideration and confidence in the company, as this is the second contract between ESO and Procon Systems.

The first contract was for the overhaul of the control system for VLT's (Very Large Telescope) 8 Meter mirror coating facility in Paranal (Chile).