Beginning of construction for E-Elt telescope in Cerro Armazones, Chile
The telescope will look at the world with the same resolution power of 100 million human eyes and will cost over one billion euros.
E-Elt will be the largest telescope in the world: 90 meters high, 100 meters wide, weighing 5 thousand tons and with a volume comparable to that of the Colosseum. Italian companies are involved in the structural design of the rotating dome and supporting structure. Asdea has a consulting role in the whole cycle design with other important Italian Engineering companies: Asdaldi, Cimolai and EIE. In addition, ASDEA performed the seismic hazard study and also developed a 3D seismic isolation system to protect the telescope. The commission is Eso (European Southern Observatory) which is an organization of 15 countries that will mainly handle European E-ELT. Eso’s project is the largest contract ever assigned for an astronomy ground project.
E-Elt will have the ability to observe the universe in the visible and infrared light band, with the same resolution power of 100 million human eyes. E-ELT telescope is a frontline scientific project which will allow people to address many of the most pressing unsolved questions about the Universe.