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Existing and planned telescopes and astronomical instruments at Concordia (Dome C, Antarctica)

ADSIIC (Antarctica Demonstrator of Solar Interferometric Imaging & Coronagraphy)  
ADSIIC consists of three cophased 0.70-metre off-axis telescopes. It will be installed on top of a 30-metre tower and will be dedicated to studies of heating mechanisms and magnetic fields of the solar chromosphere and corona.
(Horizon 20013?)
ALADDIN (Antarctica L-band Astrophysics Discovery Demonstrator for inteferometric Nulling)  
ALLADIN is an interferometer made of two 1-metre infrared telescopes to be mounted on a 40-metre diameter circular structure at an height of 30m above the ground. It will be dedicated to studies of circumstellar clouds possibly hosting exo-Earths and to the detection of hot jupiters.
(Horizon 2015?)
AST (Antarctic Submillimetre-wave Telescope)  
AST is a 25-metre single telescope or interferometer dedicated to observe the young and cold universe, the evolution of galaxies, the formation of stars and planets.
(Horizon 2016?)
ASTEP (Antarctic Search for Transiting Extrasolar Planets)  
ASTEP is a 0.40-metre telescope with a field of view of 1?x1? dedicated to the detection of planetary extrasolar transits.
First winterover : 2010 (pathfinder operational since 2008)
BRAIN (B-mode Radiation Interferometer)  
BRAIN is a bolometric interferometer dedicated to observe the inflation footprint on the Cosmic Microwave Background.
First winterover : 2011 (pathfinder operational since 2006)
COCHISE (Cosmological Observations at Concordia with High-sensitivity Instruments for Source Extraction)  
COCHISE is a 2.6-metre submillimetre-wave radiotelescope dedicated to studies of the origin and evolution of dark energy.
(Operational since 2007)
ICE-T (International Concordia Explorer Telescope)  
ICE-T consists of two O.60-metre telescopes for long time series measurements with a field of view of 8?x8? dedicated to the detection of extrasolar planetary transits and star/planets interactions.
(Horizon 2013?)
IRAIT (International Robotic Antarctic Infrared Telescope)  
IRAIT is a 0.80-metre robotic infrared telescope dedicated to observe star formation and mass loss from evolved stars.
(Installed in 2009)
KEOPS (Kiloparsec Explorer for Optical Planet Search)  
KEOPS is an infrared interferometric array of thirty six 1.50-metre telescopes dedicated to the detection of exo-earths and the direct imaging of galactic nuclei.
(Horizon 2020-2025?)
PILOT (Pathfinder for an International Large Optical Telescope)  
PILOT is a 2.50-metre telescope with a field of view of 1?x1?, to be installed on top of a 30-metre tower above the turbulent ground layer. It will be dedicated to observe stellar and planetary formation regions, ultra-luminous galaxies and the structure of the Universe.
(Horizon 20015?)
SIAMOIS (Seismic Interferometer Aiming to measure Oscillations in the Interior of the Stars)  
SIAMOIS is a spectrometer that will be used for stellar seismology studies.
(Horizon 2013?)


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The ARENA network has released, in February 2010, a press release entitled ?Vision for European Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Antarctic station Concordia/Dome C in the next decade 2010-2020? (February 2010)
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The last plane took off from Dome C ...
February 8 2009 (in french)

Winterover 2009 - ? E. Lotz

Winterover 2008 - ? D. M?karnia

Winterover 2007 - ? D. M?karnia

Winterover 2006 - ? E. Aristidi

Winterover 2005 - ? K.Agabi

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