9 January, 2017
China to Put Up World’s Highest-Altitude Gravitational Wave Telescope in Tibet By 2021
China is soon to add a new celebrated folio to its existing space exploration missions, as the country is gearing up for introducing sky-high altitude gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet. According to the announcement made by an official of National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, The soon-to-be-employed altitude telescopes will be world’s highest telescope and will be set up close to Line of Actual Control. With the collaboration of India, China is expected to launch these historic telescopes by the end of 2020. With the whopping budget of USD 18.8 million, the exorbitant telescopes are designed to identify faintest ricochets reverberating from the cosmos. Ultimately, the telescopes will work on revealing the hidden facts and details about the unsolved Big Bang theory.
This ground-breaking project is the mutual effort of the Institute of High Energy Physics, National Astronomical Observatories, and Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology. Ngari, because of its towering altitude, unambiguous sky and negligible human activity is claimed to be the best spots of the globe to perceive tiny entwines in cosmic light and hence China has chosen the sport to find more details about Big Bang Theory
The development for the highest gravitational wave telescopes has already started and the first telescope, with the code-named ‘Ngari No 1’, is being prepared 30 km south of Shiquanhe Town, located in Ngari Prefecture. As said by Yao Yongqiang, the Chief Researcher with the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, “‘Ngari No 1 is currently being primed. The telescope will be located 5,250 meters above sea level and will work on exploring clear-cut details about the prehistoric cosmic gravitational rays in the Northern Hemisphere.
Taking the statement further, Yao said that, the second phase of the mission will witness another telescope, which is code-named as ‘Ngari No 2’. It will be installed around 6,000 meters higher than the sea level. However, Yao hasn’t given any certain timeline for the development of Ngari No 2. As far as the budget for this two-phased telescope is concerned, Ngari gravitational wave observatory is reported to have an estimated 130 million yuan (USD 18.8 million).
As reported by the State-Run Xinhua news agency, the first telescope of the series is projected to be operational by the end of 2021.