IACTEC Large Telescopes: New Robotic Telescope - NRT

Start year
2016
End year
2025
Organizational Unit
Headquarter
    Description

    The NRT (New Robotic Telescope) is a project to design and build a 4-meter telescope within five years, which from the ORM will operate in a totally autonomous and robotic way. This form of operation will make it the largest robotic telescope in the world and, together with the exceptional conditions for astronomical observation of the ORM, in the best prepared to access important physical phenomena in the areas of gravitational waves, planets outside the solar system, supernovas and other diverse areas of what has been called temporal domain astronomy.

    The University of Liverpool John Moores (LJMU), the University of Oviedo and the IAC are part of the consortium. The project requires important technological advances in various areas of optics, mechanics, electronics and software, in particular the development of a robust, reliable and efficient control system. The innovative nature of the project in several aspects that can constitute reference standards for future developments fits perfectly with the objectives of IACTec.

    With funding from the Government of the Canary Islands, in 2018 the first steps were taken for the creation of the technical team that will be responsible for articulating the participation of the IAC in the project. At present, the team is made up of highly specialized engineers in the areas of systems, mechanics and software. This group has worked in close contact with the LJMU team and has had an outstanding participation in the preparation of the first version of the preliminary design presented in December 2018. In parallel, an important interaction has been maintained with Spanish high-tech companies face to its involvement in the project and its possible installation in IACTec.

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    Principal investigator
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    News

    The Minister of Science and Innovation, Diana Morant, presided over the annual meeting of the Governing Council of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) in the IACTEC building in La Laguna last Monday. Later, in a press conference she recognized the technological and research activity of the Institute during the pandemic.

    In the afternoon, together with IAC's Director and Instrumentation Coordinator, she visited the IACTEC facilitates and got to know the projects that are being developed in the center. Carlos Gutierrez, co-principal investigator of the New Robotic Telescope, explained the relevance of the project to the Minister at a national and international level, updated her on the progress done over the past year on the Preliminar Design and introduced some of the NRT team members based in Spain.

    The collaboration with the other NRT partners, the LJMU and the Oviedo University and the creation of the Advanced Optics Center (CSOA) to manufacture the NRT mirrors were highlighted during the visit of the Minister.

    https://www.iac.es/en/outreach/multimedia-gallery/visit-science-minister-nrt

     

    NRT stand with Carlos

     

    Publications

    • THE 4-M NEW ROBOTIC TELESCOPE (NRT): STATUS OF THE OPTOMECHANICAL SYSTEMS

    Oria, A.; NRT Collaboration

    Published: Contributions to the XIV.0 Scientific Meeting (virtual) of the Spanish Astronomical Society, July 2020

    More info: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2020sea..confE.237O

    • THE NEW ROBOTIC TELESCOPE: PROGRESS REPORT

    Jermak, Helen, Barrera Josué, Copley David, Copperwheat, Chris, De Cos Juez, Javier, et al. 

    Published: Proceedings of the SPIE, Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, 2020, Online Only.

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    • CHALLENGES OF THE TELESCOPE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR LARGE ROBOTIC TELESCOPES

    Torres, M., Fernández-Valdivia, J. J., Oria, A., Gutiérrez, C. M., García Piñero, A., et al.  

    Published: Proceedings of the SPIE, Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, 2020, Online Only.

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    • CONCEPTUAL DESIGN FOR THE OPTOMECHANICAL SYSTEMS OF THE NEW ROBOTIC TELESCOPE

    Oria, A., Torres, M., Fernández-Valdivia, J. J., Gutiérrez, C. M., García Piñero, A., et al.  

    Published: Proceedings of the SPIE, Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, 2020, Online Only.

    More info: https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2561469

    • CONCEPTUAL DESIGN OF A FAST-SLEWING SYSTEMS MOUNT FOR THE NEW ROBOTIC TELESCOPE

    Ranjbar, A., Copley, D., Steele, I., Harvey E., Torres, M., et al.  

    Published: Proceedings of the SPIE, Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, 2020, Online Only.

    More info: https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2561320

    • THE 4 M NEW ROBOTIC TELESCOPE PROJECT: AN UPDATED REPORT

    C. M. Gutierrez, M. Torres, A. Oria, J. J. Fernandez-Valdivia, D. Arnold, D. Copley,  C.
    Copperwheat, J. de Cos Juez, A. Franco, Y. Fan,5 A. Garcia Pinero, E. Harvey, H. Jermak, X. Jiang,J. H. Knapen, A. McGrath, A. Ranjbar, R. Rebolo, R. Smith, I. A. Steele, Z. Wang, X. Wu, D. Xu, S. Xue, W. Yuan, and Y. Zheng

    Published: Workshop on robotic Autonomous Observatories (AstroRob 2019). RevMexAA(SC)

    • THE NEW 4‐M ROBOTIC TELESCOPE

    C. M. Gutiérrez  D. Arnold  D. Copley  C. M. Copperwheat  E. Harvey  H. Jermak  J. Knapen  A. McGrath  A. Oria  R. Rebolo  I. A. Steele  M. Torres

    First published: 28 March 2019 https://doi.org/10.1002/asna.201913556

    Funding information: This work was partially funded by the Canary Islands' Regional Government and by the ERDF 20142020 under the Grant Agreement SD 17/02.

    • LIVERPOOL TELESCOPE 2: A NEW ROBOTIC FACILITY FOR RAPID TRANSIENT FOLLOW-UP

    Copperwheat, C. M.; Steele, I. A.; Barnsley, R. M.; Bates, S. D.; Bersier, D.; Bode, M. F.; Carter, D.; Clay, N. R.; Collins, C. A.; Darnley, M. J.; Davis, C. J.; Gutierrez, C. M.; Harman, D. J.; James, P. A.; Knapen, J. H.; Kobayashi, S.; Marchant, J. M.; Mazzali, P. A.; Mottram, C. J.; Mundell, C. G. ; ...

    First published: 1 March 2015 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10686-015-9447-0

    Talks

    • Title: El futuro telescopio robótico NRT 

    Author: Miguel Ángel Torres Gil

    Place: Online meeting with secondary level students, Tenerife, Spain

    Date: June 10th 2021

    • Title: The New 4-m robotic telescope and new concepts for future extremely large telescopes.

    Author: Carlos M. Gutiérrez,

    Place: Workshop Present and future of optical and infrared astronomy: synergies between China and Spain Beijing (China)

    Date: October 21st 2019

    More info: http://astro.ucas.ac.cn/index.php/2016-03-17-01-36-23/2016-03-17-01-36-25/262-2019-11-14-10-30-57?umynzrsihmyuocln

    • Title: The 4 m New Robotic Telescope

    Author: Carlos M. Gutiérrez

    Place: Torremolinos (Málaga)

    Date: September 30th 2019 

    • Title: Time Domain Astrophysics with Liverpool and New Robotic Telescopes

    Author: Prof. Iain Steele,

    Place: IAC Headquarters, La Laguna.

    Date: September 18th 2019.

    • Title: The 4 m New Robotic Telescope

    Author:  Carlos M. Gutiérrez

    Place: Sixth Workshop on Robotic Autonomous ObservatoriesFacultad de Óptica y Optometría. UCM, Madrid

    Date: March 1st 2019

    Online Press

    Title: El Roque acogerá el telescopio robótico más rápido y avanzado del mundo

    Date: February 28th 2019. www.eldiario.es  (LaPalma Ahora)

    Multimedia

    RTVCA News: http://www.rtvc.es/noticias/video-a-la-espera-del-telescopio-liverpool-2-191194.aspx#.XdP6aTJETUI

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