FIVE-HUNDRED-METER APERTURE SPHERICAL RADIO TELESCOPE (FAST)
2011 - 2016
Scientific Research Structure
The National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
GFA: 214,000 sq.m
The telescope was firstly proposed in 1994. After 17 years, the Dawodang depression stood out from over 300 potential construction sites. Finally, in July 2007, the telescope was approved by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
FAST is the largest radio telescope in the world, it has a fixed primary reflector located in a natural landscape, focusing radio waves on a receiving antenna in a “receiver” suspended 140m above it.
FAST’s surface consists of 4450 triangular panels and 2225 winches located underneath making each triangular panel an active surface.
The Research Division of Structure had involved in designing the supporting system for the surface, compression ring and suspension tower for the receiver. The whole surface is supported by 6670 primary cables and 2225 stabilising cables creating 2225 connection nodes.
FAST had nominated by the Istruct as the winner of large spanning structure in 2018.