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2018-Jan-17, 06:00 AM
China has approved the construction of fully steerable single-dish radio telescope. It will be 110 meters in diameter.

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_approves_advanced_radio_telescope_project_99 9.html

China is to have a new radio telescope to "listen" to the universe.

Proposed by the Xinjiang Astronomical Observatory, the world's largest fully steerable single-dish radio telescope will be built in Qitai County in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The telescope will be 110 meters in diameter, over 100 meters tall and weigh around 6,000 tonnes. Scheduled to go into service in 2023, it will cover three-fourths of the sky.

"The antenna, the world's largest, will be able to trace the origins of any signals received," said Song Huagang of the Chinese Academy of Science Xinjiang observatory.

The telescope will operate at 150 MHz to 115 GHz and assist research on gravitational waves, black holes and dark matter.

2018-Jan-30, 01:54 AM
It now has a name - Qitai 110-meter Radio Telescope (QTT)


The new telescope being constructed in China, the Xinjiang Qitai 110-meter Radio Telescope (QTT), will be slightly larger than the Green Bank Telescope, the current largest steerable radio telescope. The added size will allow the QTT to look for faint pulsars, map distant galaxies, and possibly find evidence of extraterrestrial life.

2018-Jan-30, 03:45 PM
More information on the telescope.


China has announced plans to build the largest steerable radio telescope in the world, the Xinjiang Qitai 110-meter Radio Telescope (QTT), which could provide a huge boost to the search for dark matter, gravitational waves, and extraterrestrial intelligence.

“The QTT’s scientific mission is ambitious,” said Doug Vakoch, president of METI International, an organization that looks to organize the efforts of both searching for and sending out messages to whatever life might be out in the universe. “Recent history shows us that when a radio telescope with radically enhanced characteristics comes online, we make remarkable discoveries.”