FORCE Technology wins follow-up project for E-ELT adaptive optics at ESO

The technological service company FORCE Technology will use advanced computer software to remove image distortions from the E-ELT telescope.

The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) in Chile, will include a server system of Danish design. FORCE Technology has won the task of building the computer cluster that will provide the extremely heavy calculations that will be used to control multiple mirrors on the E-ELT telescope.

The computing power of the server system is used to control the adaptive optics that correct the turbulence in the atmosphere, which makes it difficult to capture images of the starry sky from the Earth's surface.

- We are pleased to have won the assignment in a common tender with other competitors. It gives visibility worldwide when Denmark contributes to a prestige project like the ELT telescope. The adaptive optics are essential for the functionality of the telescope, says Jakob Nørgaard, Project Manager at FORCE Technology.

Adaptive optics consist of a deformable mirror that can make real time corrections of the image distortions caused by turbulence in the atmosphere. This way you can take pictures that are almost as sharp as if they were taken in space. Adaptive optics allow the optical system of the telescope to observe much finer details on much weaker astronomical objects than would otherwise be possible from Earth.

The assignment is the next step from a previous contract, where FORCE Technology developed software and computation hardware architecture to ensure that the E-ELT can see clearly through the atmosphere. The result was the Mirror Corrective Computer System, an advanced solution that provides extreme calculation capacities and a high level of flexibility.

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