China begins construction of 'space debris observation' telescope

It is reported that China has begun the construction of a telescope assembly that can observe objects in outer space.


According to the Qinghai Daily, a Chinese media, on the 28th, a 'multipurpose observation telescope developed by the Zijinsan Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences recently was located at Mt. The foundation ceremony of the 'MASTA' project was held.


The project started in December 2018 and this time, construction began at the Leunghu Astronomical Observatory in the highlands at an altitude of 3,800m above sea level and is expected to be completed in early 2023.


“The telescope will be mainly used to search for and discover large amounts of space debris in mid-and high-orbit (10,000 to 20,000 km),” said Maoruiqing, deputy director of the Zijinshan Observatory. It will fill the void.”


In addition, he said, "China's ability to monitor space debris in medium and high orbit will reach the world's advanced level," he said. "It will be used for national strategic needs such as aerospace safety in the future."

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