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FYST Pre-cast concrete foundation pieces
nearing completion, July 2021

FYST Summit Site Leveling, 18 Apr 2021

CCAT Officially Broke Ground at the Summit
of Cerro Chajnantor, 27-Nov-20

CCAT-prime telescope renamed in honor of
Fred Young ’64, M.Eng. ’66, MBA ’66,
the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST)

The magnificent Chilean Andes viewed from the CCAT Observatory site

Riccardo Giovanelli (CCAT Project Founder),
Eduardo Hardy (AUI Director in Chile), and
Rodrigo Pérez Mackenna (Minister of Lands in Chile)

A ring of gas and dust in the center of the Milky Way

Descending from the CCAT site at 18,000 feet

M83 - also known as the Southern Pinwheel galaxy



The Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST) will be a 6-meter (20 feet) diameter telescope designed to operate at submillimeter to millimeter wavelengths and located at an exceptional site at 5600 meters (18,400 feet) on Cerro Chajnantor overlooking the ALMA array. The novel optical design of FYST will deliver a high-throughput, wide-field of view telescope capable of mapping the sky very rapidly and efficiently. The high precision surface and superb site will allow routine access to the 350 micron observing window; during the best weather conditions, operations at 200 microns will be possible. 

The FYST telescope is being designed and built by Vertex Antennentechnik GmbH. The construction phase is expected to lead to first light in 2024.

The CCAT collaboration is open to discussion with additional potential partners interested in participating in FYST science and technology development programs.

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Major progress made in construction of FYST

An enormous hole 22 meters in diameter has been dug near the summit of Cerro …

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