The HPT (Hexapod-telescope) was a prototype for an innovative new telescope-concept planned in the 1980s and finished in the 1990s. The project was sponsored by the Wirtschaftsministerium NRW and the Krupp Industrietechnik. After finishing work no more furtherances were planned, until the HPT was taken over from the Ruhr-Universität-Bochum (RUB). This happened because of the commitment of Prof. Dr. Rolf Chini. To make the HPT work, it was necessary to improve the telescope.
Since May 1999 the HPT was set in the botanic garden of the RUB and was part of the Expo 2000. Now is the location of the HPT in Chile on the 3064m high Cerro Armazones in the Atacama desert, where AIRUB (Astronomic Institut of the RUB) works with another smaller telescope in cooperation with the University of Antofagasta. The migration was sponsored by the Wissenschaftsministerium NRW again, the project itself is sponsored for the period of 15 years by the Academy of Science of NRW. Today the HPT is used by some RUB-astronomers and Prof. Dr. Rolf Chini himself to watch the development of new stars and quasars. This isn’t possible normally because the time each team has with a telescope is limited. To fulfill this new exercise the HPT was improved again. A telescope-robot with a camera was added to help the HPT to find interesting things to look at and a spectograph was sponsored.