The European Southern Observatory is building what will be the world’s largest optical and infrared telescope on a mountain top in the Chilean desert.
At 39m in diameter it will be four times bigger than anything available now. The talk will describe why it is being built and the challenges in mechanical, civil, electrical and systems engineering of this 1.2 billion Euro project.
The talk will be given by Professor Colin Cunningham.
Colin is Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Systems Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. He is recently retired from the UK Astronomy Technology Centre at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, where he worked for 32 years in Project Management, Chief Engineer and Systems Engineering roles on ground and space telescopes and instrumentation.
He was Programme Director for the UK part of the Extremely Large Telescope for ten years. His original training was in Electronic Engineering and he has also worked in diverse fields from environmental research to geophysics.
He is Fellow of the IET, the Institute of Physics and the SPIE and a member of INCOSE. He is also Honorary Professor at Heriot Watt University and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow