This month saw the installation of the first working prototype of Large-Size Telescope (LST) of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), and Future Fibres was happy to have had a hand in creating this monumental project.
The CTA is the next generation ground-based observatory for gamma-ray astronomy at very-high energies. CTA’s unique capabilities will help to address some of the most perplexing questions about astrophysics, seeking to understand the origin and role of relativistic cosmic particles, probe extreme environments and explore physics frontiers. The array will be using more than 100 telescopes spread between two sites in the northern and southern hemispheres.
The first working prototype was constructed in the northern hemisphere site, in the Canary Islands, Spain, on the site of the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos and our own R&D Engineer, Adrián López was on hand to oversee the construction.
26 structural carbon cables were manufactured by Future Fibres to integrate into the prototype as well as over 300 metal parts, which were fully machined in our Future Fibres facility in Sri Lanka. This project definitely shows off the high precision, top quality machining capabilities of our SLK team.
This is just one fantastic example of the many composite carbon solutions Future Fibres and our Composites Solutions Division can provide. With Future Fibres the sky is the limit!