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originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: Springer
Right? This sounds like a satellite killing scope to my old mind.
You mean like Arecibo?
Thing is, a satellite would have to be directly over the dish to be killable. Assuming that is, it has much of a transmitter. Sort of iffy.
originally posted by: eriktheawful
a reply to: Phage
I wonder why they didn't go with an array?
Like you said: what they built is limited in direction, like Arecibo.
But huge array on the other hand.......hrmmmmm.....
originally posted by: Sublimecraft
And so your comment there got me thinking about DGPS satellite tech. and the use of this mega-scope as a type of differential base station whose job is to relay exact further information to a weapons platform
originally posted by: Naturallywired
It wouldn't surprise me the least if China was the one to discover life outside of earth. They are making more strides in space than anyone else lately. Well compared to the USA and Russia and India.
originally posted by: chrismarco
a reply to: CaptainBeno
I'm sure it will not be used to gather "radio signals" telecommunication from the atmosphere or from satellites..
originally posted by: superman2012
Moon by 2036!? Why is it taking over 60 years for someone to do what the US did in 8!?!?
Geez, you'd think we would have been having vacations on the moon for the last 20 years!! I want what was promised to me as a child!!! lol
the report paraphrased Mr Zheng as saying.
They are not looking for ET but if something goes "wow"...
For ordinary people, perhaps the most exciting goal of FAST is the search for alien life.
In two or three years, scientists could find amino acids, the foundation block of life. There is a great chance that people will someday find life on other planets or galaxies, said Li Di, an NAO researcher.
"FAST's potential to discover an alien civilization will be 5 to 10 times that of current equipment, as it can see farther and darker planets," said Peng Bo.
Zhu said that though the villagers did not understand the radio telescope, they were excited when scientists explained that they would use it to search for intelligent beings on other planets.
originally posted by: zinc12
Of course extraterrestrials use gravity wave modulation to communicate so this was a waste of money if it was truly built to search for extraterrestrial life (however I doubt that is its true purpose, probably for global communications monitoring