About the Organisation


Africa’s Giant Eye On The Sky: Inspiring society by exploring the Universe.


  • Provide a world-class large telescope research facility cost-effectively to an international community of astronomers.
  • Lead the advancement and development of optical astronomy on the African continent, and inspire and educate new generations of scientists and engineers worldwide.


The successful operation of the telescope requires a wide range of skills from astronomy through to mechanical, electrical and software engineering, as well as administrative support.

More about the team

The telescope is funded and operated by the SALT Foundation, a collection of academic and government institutions throughout the world and while the telescope itself is in the Northern Cape province, the permanent headquarters of the SALT Foundation is based at the South African Astronomical Observatory in Observatory, a suburb of Cape Town.



Partners from South Africa, Poland, the United States, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and India have made the construction and operation of SALT possible.

American Museum of Natural History
Armagh Observatory
Copernicus Astronomical Center
Dartmouth College
Göttingen University
Hobbey-Eberly Telescope
Keele University
The Open University
University of Canterbury
University of Central Lancashire
University of Nottingham
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Southampton
University of Wisconsin