Facility Projects

ARC scientists and engineers are involved in the design and development of astronomical facilities, on the ground and in space.  This work is in partnership with NRC-Herzberg, the Canadian Space Agency, and Canadian industries.

Astronomical Facilities


A project of the Canada Space Agency (CSA), the Cosmological Advanced Survey Telescope for Optical and UV Research (CASTOR) is a UV/optical (0.15–0.55 μm) satellite telescope that would provide ultra-deep, high-angular resolution imaging.

Contact : Patrick Côté

Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer

The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE) is a proposed 11.25m telescope, designed to excel at multi-object spectroscopy, with capabilities to simultaneously observe 4000 objects. 

ContactScott RobertsKim VennAlan McConnachie, Patrick Côté

Composite Mirrors

Research into composite mirrors is being carried out at DRAO.

Contact: Gordon Lacey, Michael Rupen

Industrial Connections:


ABB is involved in the TMT NFIRAOS Project, creating designs for the opto-mechanical systems.

Contact: Jacques Giroux

Quantum Technologies

Quantum Technologies is involved in the cold optics enclosure for the TMT NFIRAOS project.

Contact: Calvin Winter


INO is involved in creating designs for the opto-mechanical systems of the TMT NFIRAOS project.