World’s Biggest Radiotelescope Nearing Completion in China

Published By : 03 Aug 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Construction of another massive supercomputer is nearing its completion in China, this time for something that will be the world’s largest telescope when the construction finishes by next year.

The radiotelescope is planned to have an aperture of 500 metre, overtaking the current candidate of world’s largest telescope – the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which is 300 metre in diameter. Construction of this massive supercomputer radiotelescope had begun in 2011. The giant telescope, scraped in a hilltop in Guizhou, will have dish size equivalent to nearly 30 football fields. The Supercomputer Skyeye-1is capable of about a quadrillion computing operations per second and will support space explorations with the help of the giant radio telescope.

The assembly of the telescope has got well under way, state companies that are taking part in the construction. The massive size of the telescope will allow it to catch radio signals as far as tens of billions of light years far. A giant technological leap like this will help extend China’s scope of space tracking from moon’s orbit to the outer surfaces of the solar system after its completion in the next year.

In this week, the construction work has advanced to a level when installation of nearly 4,450 panels has begun. With this, engineers have come a step near to completing work on the Five hundred metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST).

The huge size of FAST will more importantly mean that FAST will be able to capture even fainter signals than the ones picked up by the biggest radiotelescopes present on earth in today’s time, the Aricebo Radio Observatory situated in Puerto Rico.

The daily peak demand of FAST is expected to exceed 200 teraflops, with nearly 10 petabytes being the first stage of storage. 
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