Projects: Upgrades and Future Facilities

AAL receives funding from the Australian Commonwealth Government to support various development projects to upgrade or develop future national and international astronomical infrastructure.

Upgrades to exisiting facilities


HERMES Collimator mirror

HERMES is a new Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) high-resolution spectrograph built and commissioned at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO). AAL is currently funding an upgrade to the 2-degree-field (2dF) fibre that feeds HERMES and AAOmega.

AAOmega upgrade

AAOmega Fibres

AAOmega is an existing spectrograph on the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT), operated by the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO), that is being upgraded with two new CCDs.

AAT building

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The Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) is repairing and updating critical components of the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) building and supporting structures to ensure that the telescope can continue operating effectively and meet the needs of the astronomy community.

Pierre Auger cloud detectors

Pierre Auger

The University of Adelaide upgraded the cloud detectors of the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina and continues to operate and maintain these systems.

New facilities under development


Cherenkov Telescope Array

CTA picture

Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is a $200M-Euro project for ground-based gamma-ray astronomy. It will serve as an open observatory to a wide astrophysics community and will provide a deep insight into the non-thermal high-energy universe. The CTA-Australia consortium comprises six institutions initially supported by an ARC LIEF grant and now receiving support from the NCRIS program.

Australian SKA Pathfinder

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CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) are constructing and commissioning the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP). AAL previously supported the successful construction of the ASKAP digital systems and is providing further funds to support ASKAP during early operations.

Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT)


To be located in Chile, the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is a next generation optical/infra-red telescope that will have the resolving power of a 24.5 metre primary mirror. AAL and the Australian National University are each approximately 5% partners in GMT.