Breaking News from CTA and the ASTRI Mini-Array

The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), one of the leading  Projects of  SPANET, will be the major global observatory for very high energy gamma-ray astronomy over the next decade and beyond. The scientific scope of CTA is extremely broad: from understanding the role of relativistic cosmic particles to the search for dark matter. CTA will be an explorer of the extreme universe, probing environments from the immediate neighborhood of black holes to cosmic voids on the largest scales, covering a huge range in photon energy from 20 GeV to 300 TeV. To cover this extensive range, CTA will comprise 3 different telescope sizes: the LSTs with 23 m, the MSTs with 15 m, and the SSTs with 4 m diameter. The observatory will operate arrays on both hemispheres (one of them at La Palma, Chile) to provide full sky coverage.

An outstanding  news is that the CTA Management has recently chosen the ASTRI dual-mirror telescope structure to be the design for the 70 SSTs  of the CTA, among two other projects! This telescope structure has been developed by partners inside the CTA that include  the Italian team (funded by INAF), the Brazilian CTA-SST party of USP (IAG and EACH)  (sponsored by FAPESP through the thematic Project 2013/10559-5), and the South African Department of Science and Technology.  

This team is also constructing  the  ASTRI Mini-Array, the CTA Precursor, with 9 SSTs that will be installed in Tenerife, in Canarian Islands, next year, well before the deployment of the entire CTA, thus allowing for  Science developments well before the  CTA operation.

ASTRI Mini Array, the CTA Precursor, goes to Tenerif

SST Telescope ASTRI