UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK
ATC) is based at the Royal
Observatory in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is part
of the Science
and Technology Facilities Council.
The UK ATC designs, builds, develops, tests and manages major
instrumentation projects in support of UK and international
. It has design offices,
workshops and test facilities for both ground- and space-based
instruments. A suite of test labs capable of handling the largest
current and projected instruments was added to its facilities in
The UK ATC
was formed in 1998 in Edinburgh from the technology departments of
Observatory, Edinburgh (ROE), and the Royal Greenwich
Observatory, Cambridge (RGO). Its initial
"customers" were the then new Gemini Observatory, the former ROE observatories in Hawaii (the
Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) and the United Kingdom
Infrared Telescope (UKIRT)), and a former RGO observatory, the
Isaac Newton Group
Islands. More recently, collaboration with the
Southern Observatory (ESO) and for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
have gained importance.
Major projects and collaborations
"Flexure rig" to simulate operational
movement on a telescope.
Lab with clean room.
- Several first-generation instruments for the Gemini
- A mid-infrared spectrometer for the UKIRT and the Gemini
- Data acquisition and reduction software for the UKIRT and the
- The Wide Field Infrared Camera for the UKIRT.
- The Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver of the Herschel Space Observatory.
Infrared Survey Telescope for UK universities and ESO.
- A high-sensitivity, wide-field, sub-millimetre camera for the
- The Mid-Infrared Instrument for the JWST.
- Observing tool software for the Atacama Large
- Design studies for ESO's European Extremely Large
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