The preparations for the design and implementation of the CTAO is a global initiative that is supported financially by the Shareholders and Associate Members of the CTAO Central Organisation. The headquarters in Bologna, Italy, is the main hub for administration and the overall project and systems engineering activities, while the computing efforts are centralized at the Science Data Management Centre in Zeuthen, Germany. The CTAO’s activities related to infrastructure development and preparations for construction take place at the Observatory’s two array sites in La Palma, Spain, and Paranal, Chile.

Member Countries & Facilities

The CTAO Central Organisation has four facility locations: two array sites — one in Chile and one Spain — the Headquarters in Italy and the Science Data Management Centre (SDMC) in Germany. Our member countries span the globe. Explore the map below to learn more.