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The European Extremely Large Telescope - Overview and Status update

Author: Markus Kissler-Patig

European Southern Observatory

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Session: INS2: The European Extremely Large Telescope

Presentation type: Talk      11:45  Thursday 29th 11:45-13:00 

Summary:

The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) is an ESO-led project for a 40m-class telescope that will allow us to address many of the most pressing unsolved questions about our Universe. The E-ELT will be the largest optical/near-infrared telescope in the world. The project has completed the E-ELT's detailed design, which passed the Final Design Review successfully in September 2010. Between the end of 2010 and the summer of 2011 the E-ELT project extended the detailed design phase in order to consider the recommendations of the E-ELT Design Review. The main goals were the reduction of risk by optimising the cost and constraining the schedule in order to ensure that ESO can further expand its leading role in astronomy by constructing the world’s first extremely large telescope. In June 2011 ESO Council endorsed a revised baseline design for the E-ELT. The E-ELT project is now not only technically ready to enter the construction phase, but is also backed by a solid funding scenario. Preparatory construction work on some of the E-ELT's first elements will commence in early 2012. The final approval of the whole E-ELT programme by ESO Council is expected in mid-2012, which will enable the E-ELT to start operations as an integrated part of the Paranal Observatory early in the next decade.

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