The deal between the ESO and the ACe Consortium, consisting of Astaldi, Cimolai and the EIE Group, was sealed at a ceremony in Garching bei München, Germany.
The European Extremely Large Telescope, or E-ELT, will be the world’s largest optical and infrared telescope with a primary mirror 39 meters (128 feet) wide.
“The E-ELT will produce discoveries that we simply cannot imagine today,” ESO Director-General Tim de Zeeuw said.
The new telescope’s “adaptive optics system will provide images about 15 times sharper than those from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope at the same wavelength,” according to the ESO. EFEfuturo