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Astronomical Technology

Edinburgh hosts the UK Astronomical Technology Centre, responsible for developing advanced astronomical instrumentation
for telescopes and spacecraft world-wide. It is an STFC establishment, but is co-located with the Institute for Astronomy, with which it has a symbiotic relationship. The ATC also has formal collaborations with Heriot-Watt.

Edinburgh is also a major centre for astronomical surveys and the database techniques associated with serving data to astronomers world-wide, leading to the UK AstroGrid project providing for the global Virtual Observatory new e-science tools to revolutionise the way we do astrophysics research.

The world reputation of the Glasgow Institute for Gravitational Research also springs from leadership of key technologies.