New contract for the supply of the Laser launch telescopes for the Gemini GNAO Laser Guide Star Facility

Officina Stellare SpA is awarded the contract for the supply the four Laser Launch Telescopes necessary for the Gemini GNAO Laser Guide Star Facility, in the framework of an ambitious Astronomical Research project launched by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy – AURA, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The GNAO project is in fact, one of the three projects in the GEMMA (Gemini in the Era of Multi-Messenger Astronomy) program funded by the National Science Foundation, with a total value of approximately 26M dollars.

Thanks to the four GNAO Laser Launch telescopes, designed and built by Officina Stellare SpA on the basis of specific technical requirements agreed with the end customer, it will be possible to generate a control signal for the new generation adaptive optics systems, that will allow to obtain very high-quality images, limited by diffraction only, in near-infrared observations performed by the Gemini North telescope.

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