Delivery of the first CTA camera in La Palma from CIEMAT

On April 26, the first camera of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) project departed from the CIEMAT to the IFAE (Barcelona). From the IFAE, it will depart to the observatory of Roque de Los Muchachos (La Palma, Spain) in July 2018.

This camera has been designed by an international consortium with a large presence of Spanish institutions, among them the CIEMAT, the IFAE, the IAC, the Complutense University of Madrid and the ICCUB.

The CIEMAT is responsible for the design, construction and assembly of mechanics, the environmental control system and the electronic system for the distribution of trigger and clock signals of this instrument. These activities have taken place with the participation of the Basic Research Department as well as the Technology Department. In addition, the CIEMAT has coordinated the installation and testing of auxiliary systems provided by other institutions, such as the power distribution system (IFAE), the trigger signal interface system (Complutense University of Madrid), and the control computer provided by the LAPP (France).

The camera has been received at the IFAE, where the front acquisition modules will be installed. In addition, tests on the control software and the firing and acquisition electronics will be carried out in the IFAE with the CIEMAT collaboration. After these tests, the camera will be sent to the Roque de Los Muchachos observatory in La Palma, where the CIEMAT will coordinate its installation in the structure of the telescope.