Meet the Team

A small team with big ambitions!

Un pequeño equipo con grandes ambiciones!

The NRT team is made up of engineers and scientists from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and the University of Oviedo. Compared to other telescope projects we are a small team: we are exploiting our existing knowledge of the Liverpool Telescope (LT) and the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) along with innovative knowledge from a variety of different sectors, to develop the world's largest robotic telescope. Like the LT, the NRT will be fully autonomous, which means that it does not need any human interaction throughout the night in order to carry out its wide-ranging science observations. To make this work we need to combine the software engineering behind autonomous operations, with the mechanical engineering of the telescope and enclosure itself with the delicate and detailed optical design of the mirrors; an ambitious and exciting project.

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Image taken from video by Daniel Lopez (IAC)

Meet The Team

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Rafael Rebolo

Co-PI (IAC)

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Chris Copperwheat

Co-PI (LJMU)

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Helen Jermak

Project Scientist (LJMU)

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Fernando Sánchez Lasheras

Project Manager (Oviedo)

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Adrian McGrath

Project Manager (LJMU)

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Jonatan Martínez Pérez

Project Manager (IAC)

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David Copley

Systems Engineer (LJMU)

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Miguel Torres

Systems Engineer (IAC)

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Éamonn Harvey

Instrument Scientist (LJMU)

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Iain Steele

PI (LJMU) 

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Carlos M. Gutiérrez

PI (IAC)

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Javier de Cos Juez

PI (Oviedo)

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Ali Ranjbar

Mechanical Engineer (LJMU)

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César Rodríguez Pereira

Mechanical Engineer (Oviedo)

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Javier Gracier Rodríguez

Structural Engineer (Oviedo)

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Fruela de la Roza

Mechanical Engineer (Oviedo)

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Marta Escriche

Optical Engineer (IAC)

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J. J. Fernandez-Valdivia

Software Engineer (IAC)

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Javier León

Software Engineer (IAC)

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Josué Barrera Martín

Software Engineer (IAC)

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Adam Garner

Control & Automation Engineer (LJMU)

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Joao Bento

DevOps Engineer (LJMU)

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Sebastian Buntin

PhD student (LJMU)

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David Law

PhD student (LJMU)

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Irene Puerto

Outreach Officer (IAC)

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Nayra Rodríguez Eugenio

Outreach Officer (IAC)

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Software Engineer (LJMU)