China To Construct Floor Stations In Antarctica To Improve Ocean Monitoring

China To Build Ground Stations In Antarctica To Enhance Ocean Monitoring

China gained the tender to construct the stations with its 43.95 million yuan bid. (Representational)


China, solely the third nation to place a person in house after the Soviet Union and United States, is to construct floor stations on Antarctica to again its community of ocean monitoring satellites, state media mentioned on Thursday.

China’s international community of floor stations to help a rising variety of satellites and outer house ambitions has drawn concern from some nations that it might be used for espionage, a suggestion China rejects.

In 2020, Sweden’s state-owned house firm, which had supplied floor stations that helped fly Chinese language spacecraft and transmit information, declined to resume contracts with China or settle for new Chinese language enterprise attributable to “adjustments” in geopolitics.

China Aerospace Science and Expertise Group Co. is to construct the stations on the Zhongshan analysis base, one in all two everlasting Chinese language analysis stations on Antarctica, after successful the tender with its 43.95 million yuan ($6.53 million) bid, state-controlled China Area Information reported.

No technical particulars of the undertaking got within the report, although China Area Information printed two accompanying illustrations of an artist’s rendering that exhibits 4 floor stations at Zhongshan, situated by Prydz Bay in East Antarctica, south of the Indian Ocean.

The undertaking was a part of broader initiatives aimed toward constructing China’s marine financial system and turning China right into a marine energy, in line with China Area Information.

A Chinese language-built floor station in Argentina’s Patagonia has stirred considerations about its goal regardless of China’s assurance that the station’s aim is peaceable house commentary and spacecraft missions.

Final 12 months, the docking of a Chinese language army survey ship, which analysts say displays launches of satellites, rockets and missiles, at Sri Lanka’s Chinese language-built port of Hambantota drew loud opposition from neighbouring India involved about potential spying.

China in October launched the final of three modules of its house station, which grew to become the second completely inhabited outpost in low-earth orbit after the NASA-led Worldwide Area Station.

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