Rovsing, a Danish supplier of systems, software and electronics to the space, defence and transport industries, has won an order worth EUR 50,000 from ESO, the European Southern Observatory, reports financial daily newspaper Børsen.
ESO has chosen Rovsing to define the verification and validation processes which will be used for the telescope control system software that will be developed for ESO's future European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).
The latter is a giant earth-based telescope with a diameter of 42 meters, which will be the world's largest telescope when it is completed in 2018. E-ELT will provide astronomers with new opportunities to conduct research since the telescope will have a very high resolution for very weak objects in the faraway areas (and early phases) of the universe. The price for building the telescope is estimated to be EUR 950m.
"Rovsing's introductory contract for the definition phase is 50,000 euro, but we expect that the contract can pave the way for winning the much larger contract for the actual verification and validation work which normally accounts for about 10 per cent of the total costs for software development," the company writes in a press release.
Rovsing was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Skovlunde on the outskirts of Copenhagen. The company also has a wholly owned subsidiary in Limerick, Ireland.