The European Solar Telescope actively participates in scientific meetings and outreach events to raise awareness of the opportunities this new infrastructure will open, as well as its relevance for deepening our understanding of the Sun and other stars in the Universe.
The model, on a scale of 1:50, shows a realistic picture of the conceptual design of the EST, with a 120º cross-section to show its interior. In this the sub-systems of the telescope can be seen. In the upper part one can see the structure of the telescope, within which the primary mirror is placed. This is a structurally lightened mirror of over 4m in diameter which will gather the light from the Sun, and will therefore be subject to a high thermal load.
The construction of the European Solar Telescope - EST offers a unique opportunity in terms of technological development, as well as the possibility of creating industrial contracts to improve European competence in the design and manufacture of mechanical structures, large format optical elements, high speed detectors, precision scientific instrumentation or data management systems.