China opens the world’s largest radio telescope FAST to foreign talent and displaces the American Arecibo Observatory


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Sputnik International

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

China’s Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) will open its doors to foreign astronomers to attract top talent from around the world.

FAST is located in Pingtang, Guizhou, Southwest China. It is the largest radio telescope in the world and has placed China ahead of its competitors in the race for the world’s technology capital.

The device is three times as sensitive as US equivalents and covers the area of ​​30 soccer fields. The builders cost $ 175 million (1.1 billion yuan). Construction of the 500-meter device began in 2011 and went into operation in January of this year.

“We took great inspiration from 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. Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico was destroyed after its 900-ton receiver platform broke this month and dropped 140 meters into its radio dish, destroying the device.

China pledged $ 1.4 billion to build tech self-reliance under its Made in China 2025 and 2027 military programs after the Trump administration blacklisted dozen of its mainland tech firms, including Huawei Technologies, ZTE Corp and Shanghai-based chip maker SMIC. trigger a fierce tech race.