Chinese project of the world’s largest radio telescope, the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (or FAST), has entered final construction phase.
As the project is scheduled for completion by September 2016, the Chinese government has taken radical steps that are necessary for creation of a sound electromagnetic wave environment.
Recently, Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua has announced plans to relocate more than 9,000 residents living within five kilometers of the device.
Due to the importance of the entire project, we decided to use the Spaceknow Analytics tool and analyse the construction site.
FAST is fixed in a 800-metre-wide karst depression ringed by mountains in a remote part of Guizhou province in southwest China.
However, we found out that the location was in previous years relatively unattractive for satellite imagery and our providers can provide us only with one high-quality image.
Nevertheless, even a single image is worth having a look at. In comparison to recent photos of the telescope, the image highlights the dramatic transformation of the area. It certainly gives a better sense of the size and scale of the project.