Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST)
08 Jan 2018



The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) is a 4 metre aperture solar telescope and will be the world’s largest ground-based solar telescope once operational in 2019.


​​The DKIST site in progress

Credit: Ruth Kneale, DKIST
RAL Space Involvement

RAL Space collaborated with Observatory Sciences Ltd on the design of the control system for the telescope. The Telescope Control System is responsible for the control of the telescope positioning and image quality. 

Mission Objectives 
To understand solar activity and solar variability. To understand how cosmic magnetic fields are generated and how they are destroyed.

First Light



Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, National Solar Observatory, High Altitude Observatory, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Hawaii, University of Chicago​, and more.

Further Project Information


​For more information please contact, RAL Space Enquiries​​

Contact: RAL Space Enquiries