China recently revealed plans to build the first phase of an ambitious space-based solar power station in 2028, two years ahead of schedule to take on its rival NASA. Now, in a separate endeavor, it is working on a telescope set up on the ground to monitor and study solar waves interacting with the Earth.
The researchers working on the ‘Mingantu interplanetary scintillation (IPS) telescope’ have announced that the work on the assembly of a massive new telescope will soon begin in the grasslands of northern China, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.
When finished, Inner Mongolia’s Mingantu telescope will be the world’s most sensitive of its kind. It will play a critical role in monitoring solar winds to assist in safeguarding people and spacecraft in orbit as well as electrical networks on Earth.