Six Chinese Technology Projects That Might Change the World More About "SET" in China


A glimpse of six advanced research projects underway on the Chinese mainland. Photo: SCMP Pictures

One of China’s leading physicists has called for the creation of a government agency similar to the US institute that develops new technology for the military. Professor Pan Jianwei, the nation’s leading expert on quantum physics and executive vice-president of the University of Science and Technology of China, said Washington’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency in the US, or DARPA, was a good model of how to pursue innovative research for military applications, including the internet, GPS and voice recognition technology. Reporter Stephen Chen takes introduces us briefly to six advanced research projects underway on the Chinese mainland:

1. Construction of the Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in Guizhou


Construction of the Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in Guizhou will be completed in September. The FAST will be the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope with three times the sensitivity of the Arecibo Observatory built by the United States in Puerto Rico. A major mission of FAST is to look for radio signals sent out by outer space intelligence. Photo: National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2. An artist impression of Chinese first deep sea station


China is also developing its first deep sea station which will allow three crew members to live and work at depth beyond 1,000 metres for two months. The deep sea station is expected to strengthen the nation’s ability to explore and exploit minerals and energy resources on previously inaccessible ocean floors. The project is expected to be completed before 2020. File Photo

3. The world’s first quantum communication satellite


China will launch the world’s first quantum communication satellite in June, bringing the technology of quantum teleportation in science fiction a step closer to real life. The satellite is expected to create an unbreakable link of encrypted communication between China and Europe. File photo

4. China’s first space station to be completed by around 2022


China will also have its first space station completed by around 2022, according to Chinese space authorities. The Chinese pace station will be the single largest structure in space ever created by a single nation. China will be able to expand the station by adding modules that could serve functions from scientific research to military applications. Photo:

5. China’s first passenger jet C919


The nation’s first passenger jet C919 is expected to take its maiden flight this year. The narrow-body, twin-engine jet airliners, built by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China in Shanghai, aim to challenge Boeing and Airbus in domestic and international markets. File Photo

6. The maiden flight of Long March 5 rocket


The maiden flight of Long March 5 rocket is scheduled at the end of this year from Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre in Hainan. With a maximum payload capacity of 25 tonnes, the Long March 5 will be the biggest heavy-lift rocket that China has built. It will play a crucial role in the construction of China’s first space station around 2020 by delivering large components to the lower Earth orbit. File photo (Source - scmp)

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