As a partner to major international science programs, Safran Electronics & Defense has amassed a unique expertise in the world of optics for terrestrial astronomy. From research to integration by way of design and production, Safran is able to offer you a complete range of custom-made telescopes, high-performance optics and high precision opto-mechanical equipment.

Safran Electronics & Defense is a world leader in the field of high-performance optics and through its subsidiary Safran Reosc, designs and produces components and systems that meet astronomers' most stringent demands.

Equipped with exceptional quality optics, Safran's remote-operated telescopes enable spectrography, high resolution imaging and exoplanet detection. Our turnkey solutions incorporate the telescope, dome, command & control system, maintenance equipment, training and civil engineering.

On the cutting edge of innovation, Safran offers ever more powerful high performance optics: large 2- to 8-meter class monolithic mirrors, segmented mirrors for giant telescopes, lightweight mirrors, ultra-thin mirrors, field correctors, etc. Our mirrors have been chosen to equip the Very Large Telescope in Chili, the Gran Telescopio Canarias in Spain, and the future European Extremely Large Telescope.

Safran also produces comprehensive, high-performance active optical systems comprising the mirror, the support structure, the electronics and the image quality sensor.

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Exploration & Discovery

Safran is the world leader in highperformance optics and a long-standing partner to astronomy organizations in France, Europe and around the world. Day after day, we contribute to scientific progress, by supplying solutions ranging from single components to complete systems.

We develop and produce very-high-precision optical, opto-mechanical and electronic solutions for the defense, astronomy, research and manufacturing sectors.

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