EAS Publications Series
Volume 40, 20103rd ARENA Conference: An Astronomical Observatory at CONCORDIA (Dome C, Antarctica)
|Page(s)||187 - 192|
|Published online||23 December 2009|
L. Spinoglio and N. Epchtein (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 40 (2010) 187-192
PILOT–where to next from here?
School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia
2 Anglo-Australian Observatory, Epping, NSW 1710, Australia
3 Department of Physics and Engineering, Macquarie University, NSW 1209, Australia
The Phase A design study of PILOT–the Pathfinder for an International Large Optical Telescope–has demonstrated that a wide-field 2.5 m optical/IR telescope can be constructed at Concordia for a reasonable cost. There are no technical “show stoppers”, and the cost of logistics is also quantifiable and reasonable. A strong science case has been developed and published as three separate papers. In order to proceed further, the next step is to undertake a detailed design study and identify potential manufacturers.
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