The telescope dish material consists of reinforced carbon fibre and has a gross weight of 18 tonnes. A crane heaved the dish to a height of 18 metres before it was securely anchored to the telescope base after only four hours.
During the next decade, the CTA project aims to install more than 100 telescopes to detect and analyze highly energetic gamma rays from the universe.
Three different telescope types are planned: the LST, MST (Middle-Sized Telescope) and SST (Small-Sized Telescope); they specialize in different energy ranges. Two CTA sites are required to observe the entire sky: Spain (La Palma) in the northern hemisphere and Chile in the southern hemisphere.
Around 1350 scientists from 32 countries collaborate in the CTA consortium. The Max Planck Institute is one of the leading bodies in the development and construction of the LST prototype.