China Opens World’s Largest FAST Radio Telescope to Foreign Talent, Displaces US Arecibo Observatory


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Sputnik International

The world’s largest radio telescope has opened its doors to the world, despite Washington’s ongoing trade war, and has become a symbol of China’s growing technological superiority.

The Five Hundred-meter Aperture Sphere Telescope of China (FAST) will open its doors to foreign astronomers aiming to attract top talent from all over the world.

Located in Pingtang, Guizhou, Southwest China, FAST is the world’s largest radio telescope and has put China ahead of competitors in the race to become the world’s te capital capital.

The device is three times more sensitive than U.S. counterparts and covers the area of ​​30 football pitches, costing its builders $ 175 million (1.1 billion yuan). Construction of the 500-meter device began in 2011 and opened for operations in January this year.

“We were very inspired by its structure, which we gradually improved to build our telescope,” Wang Qiming, chief inspector of FAST’s operations and development center, told AFP in a statement.

The news comes after the U.S.-owned Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico was destroyed after its 900-ton receiver platform broke and fell 140 meters into its radio dish this month, destroying the device.

China has pledged $ 1.4 billion to build tech tees through its military programs Made in China in 2025 and 2027, after the Trump administration listed dozens of its mainstream tech companies, including Huawei Technologies, ZTE Corp. and Shanghai chipmaker. SMIC, among others, originated a sharp ie acnic race.