The estimated €400 million project is well advanced: working prototypes exist for all but the largest telescope designs and significant site characterization has been undertaken. An inter-governmental agreement for construction and subsequent operation of the observatory is in preparation and funding for the project as a whole is progressing.
The project timeline below illustrates the progress this year as CTA finishes its pre-construction phase. The build-up to construction continues in 2016 as site negotiations are finalized, financial investment is secured and the sites are prepared for construction. If all goes as planned, the project will move forward with construction in 2017, with the first telescopes on site in 2018.