China to Build Manned Radar Station on the Moon


A radar station on the moon could scan a much wider area than a satellite. Illustration: Guo Huadong

A radar station on the moon could scan a much wider area than a satellite. Illustration: Guo Huadong

SCMP says in its report “Chinese scientists study viability of manned radar station on the moon” that China has the project about the radar on the moon with an initial funding of 16 million yuan and commissioned a group of scientists to study the feasibility of building a manned radar station on the moon.

The report says, “The base, which would be used for scientific research and defence monitoring, could also produce more powerful and clearer images of earth as the high-frequency microwaves emitted by the radar station could not only penetrate cloud, but also the earth’s surface, allowing it to monitor areas on land, under the sea and underground.”

However, quite a few experts have told SCMP the radar is too expensive while a constellation of satellites much cheaper can do the job well.

Source: SCMP “Chinese scientists study viability of manned radar station on the moon”, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2006611/chinese-scientists-study-viability-manned-radar-station.

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