MERO-TSK Space Frame for the Study of Deep Space
Official Inauguration of the first Large Size Telescope
With a height of 45 m and a mirror diameter of 23 m the telescopes of the LST (Large Size Telescope) array are the largest instruments of the CTA Observatory and allow the study of space beyond our galaxy.
On 10 October, 2018 the LST#1 on the Canary Island of La Palma was officially inaugurated. More than 200 guests from all over the world joined the ceremony on the Roque de los Muchachos at 2,400 m above sea level.
Cooperating with the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich, experts from MERO-TSK developed an ultra-light structure of steel, aluminum and carbon beams which makes it possible to adjust the giant telescope to any desired position within 20 seconds. The structure is exposed to extreme weather conditions, like snow, ice, earthquakes, and high-velocity wind. Special calculations and simulations were therefore required in order to make the construction as light as possible in spite of these stress factors. With a total mirror surface of 400 m² and a height of 46 m, the MERO-TSK space frame weighs only 65 tons.
In the course of the inauguration ceremony, Mr. Günther Tröster, CEO and owner of MERO-TSK, received a certificate of appreciation from the hands of the Nobel Laureate and Director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, University of Tokyo Prof. Taakaki Kajita in recognition of the exceptional achievement and excellent contribution of MERO-TSK to the construction of the CTA LST. MERO-TSK was the only non-Japanese company so honored.