MAVIS & The European Southern Observatory

MAVIS & The European Southern Observatory

The MAVIS project, being hosted at Stromlo through the Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics (RSAA), is looking to design and develop technology that would allow the Very Large Telescope in Chile to take photos of outer space at a resolution of 2 to 3 times greater than the Hubble Space Telescope! This is a major project for RSAA, as it is the first time an Australian institution has been nominated as the lead agency on a European Southern Observatory (ESO) project.

ANUE has hired the specialised project management skills of Stacy Warner and deployed her to Stromlo full-time to support this major project. Stacy is located on site with the ANU delivery team and works closely with the lead academic Dr François Rigaut to manage the consortium of project partners (Macquarie University, Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF), and Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille) from across Australia and Europe.

The consortium recently met in Asiago, Italy to facilitate collaboration with the project partners and held a meeting with ESO to discuss the project’s progression. If successful in technology design, the project will continue through a build phase of 6-7 years.

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