Southern Astrophysical Research Telescope (SOAR)
05 Jan 2018



The SOAR telescope - a 4 meter aperture optical telescope on Cerro Pachon, Chile was built and is operated by a consortium of US universities and Brazil and saw first light in 2004


The dome of the Southern Astrophysical Research Telescope (SOAR)

​​RAL Space Involvement

RAL Space developed a significant part of the of the telescope control system. ​


Main Objectives 
​"SOAR was designed to work from the atmospheric cut-off in the blue (320 nm) to the near infrared, with excellent optical image quality, fast slewing and with a suite of up to nine instruments mounted ready for use. SOAR has been designed to produce the sharpest images possible with any ground-based telescope."

​Start Date 
January 2000


University of North Carolina, Michigan State University, CTIO, NOAO, INPE

Further Project Information

For more information please contact, RAL Space Enquiries​​

Contact: RAL Space Enquiries