Centre For Research & Education in Science & Technology

CRESTSituated 35 km to the northeast of Bangalore, about 5 km off the Old Madras Road near Hosakote town, is the Centre for Research and Education in Science and Technology (CREST), a sprawling 40-acre campus of IIA.

The campus houses the control room for the remote operations of the 2m Himalayan Chandra Telescope (HCT) at the Indian Astronomical Observatory, Hanle, and the HCT data archive.

A state-of-the-art clean room facility, the M.G.K. Menon Laboratory for Space Sciences, has been set up, which has facilities for integration and calibration of space payloads. This laboratory also contains equipment for test and space qualification of components.

The campus also hosts the large optics fabrication facility. This facility, set up as a part of the India-TMT project will be used for grinding and polishing over 80 segments of the Thirty Meter Telescope, an international project that India is a partner in.


Centre for Research and Education in Science & Technology
Indian Institute of Astrophysics
Shidlaghatta Road, Hosakote 562 114, INDIA
Tel : 79-31972, 31952
Fax : 79-33042
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Last updated on: February 20, 2024