SAINT-EX ― Search and characterisation of exoplanets

Description

SAINT-EX Telescope (picture B. Courcol)

The SAINT-EX Observatory is a fully robotic facility hosting a 1-metre Ritchey-Chretien telescope. It has been built by the ASTELCO company at the National Astronomical Observatory of Mexico, in San Pedro Mártir.

SAINT-EX has two main science goals:

  • Search for terrestrial planets orbiting ultra-cool stars, similar to the TRAPPIST-1 system
  • Ground-based support for the ESA CHEOPS space mission

SAINT-EX is run by the SAINT-EX Consortium and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The SAINT-EX Consortium is formed by the Center for Space and Habitability at the University of Bern (CH), the NCCR PlanetS (CH), the University of Cambridge (UK) and the University of Geneva (CH). We also have the support from the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation.

The facility's first light took place in January 2019.