The Telescopio San Pedro Mártir project intends to build a 6.5 meters telescope with alt-azimuth mount and it has currently finished the preliminary design. The project is an association between Instituto de Astronomía de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and the Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica Electrónica in partnership with the University of Arizona and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The telescope preliminary design this is lead and developed at Querétaro by the Centro de Ingeniería y Desarrollo Industrial. An overview of the preliminary design and the structural design updates are summarized in this paper.
FRIDA (inFRared Imager and Dissector for the Adaptive optics system of the Gran Telescopio Canarias
(GTC)) is designed as a diffraction limited instrument that will offer broad and narrow band imaging and
integral field spectroscopy capabilities with low, intermediate and high (R ~ 30,000) spectral resolutions, to
operate in the wavelength range 0.9 – 2.5 μm. The integral field unit is based on a monolithic image slicer and
the imaging and IFS observing modes will use the same Teledyne 2Kx2K detector. FRIDA will be based on a
Nasmyth B of GTC, behind the adaptive optics (AO) system. The key scientific objectives of the instrument
include studies of solar system bodies, low mass objects, circumstellar outflow phenomena in advanced stages
of stellar evolution, active galactic nuclei high redshift galaxies, including resolved stellar populations, semidetached
binary systems, young stellar objects and star forming environments. FRIDA subsystems are
presently being manufactured and tested. In this paper we present the challenges to perform the verification of
some critical specifications of a cryogenic and diffraction limited NIR instrument as FRIDA. FRIDA is a
collaborative project between the main GTC partners, namely, Spain, México and Florida.
FRIDA is a diffraction limited imager and integral field spectrometer that is being built for the Gran Telescopio
Canarias. FRIDA has been designed and is being built as a collaborative project between institutions from México, Spain
and the USA. In imaging mode FRIDA will provide scales of 0.010, 0.020 and 0.040 arcsec/pixel and in IFS mode
spectral resolutions R ~ 1000, 4,500 and 30,000. FRIDA is starting systems integration and is scheduled to complete
fully integrated system tests at the laboratory by the end of 2015 and be delivered to GTC shortly after. In this
contribution we present a summary of its design, fabrication, current status and potential scientific applications.