Project: Construction of a new radio telescope in Sardinia

Company: MT Mechatronics GmbH

A contract was received for planning and building the largest radio telescope in Italy with a reflector diameter of 64 meters and for transporting and assembling the parts in the South of Sardinia near Cagliari The circular rail with a diameter of around 40 meters was delivered to the site in parts and welded together with a planeness tolerance of +/-0.5 mm. The total weight of the structure stands at around 3,200 tons. The active surface of the primary mirror comprises 1,008 aluminum panels, the height of which can be adjusted by means of 1,116 actuators depending on their elevation. The azimuth and elevation drive control systems are also being delivered.


The contract was completed upon acceptance of the telescope by the customer and the beginning of operation at the end of 2011. 

Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) (Customer)