Measuring 500 metres in diameter, the world’s largest radio telescope is in the final stages of completion, and is being put through its paces with a dry run.
Going by the name of ‘FAST’ which stands for ‘Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope,’ the device is being constructed in Guizhou Province, south-west China, reports The People’s Daily Online.
It has taken China more than five years to build the world’s biggest single-aperture radio telescope which covers the size of 30 football pitches and is currently running on schedule. Scientists carried out the last stages on Saturday, with hopes for a September 2016 completion.
Chinese authorities and engineers tested a key component inside the massive telescope before it goes live indefinitely.
Over the weekend, the retina was successfully installed and tested in the telescope.
A mechanism that weighs 30,000 kilograms and is suspended 160 metres above the reflector dish, which is still unfinished.