We present a summary of the status of the Cambridge Optical Aperture Synthesis Telescope (COAST). Since our last report we have concentrated on improving both the efficiency of use of the array and its astrophysical capabilities. In particular we have achieved useful improvements in throughput, detector sensitivity and the efficiency of securing measurements of visibility amplitudes and closure phases. With five telescopes fully operational, COAST is now being used routinely for parallel programs of astrophysics and as a technical test-bed for its proposed successor, the Large Optical Array--LOA.© (2000) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.