Qitai Radio Telescope

Qitai Radio Telescope
Organisation China National Space Administration
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Location(s) Qitai County
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Coordinates 43°36′04″N 89°40′57″E / 43.601119°N 89.682497°E / 43.601119; 89.682497Coordinates: 43°36′04″N 89°40′57″E / 43.601119°N 89.682497°E / 43.601119; 89.682497
Telescope style radio telescope
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Diameter 110 m (360 ft 11 in)
Website qtt.xao.cas.cn/xmjj/

The Xingjiang Qitai 110m Radio Telescope (QTT) is a planned radio telescope to be built in Qitai County in Xinjiang, China. Upon completion, it will be the world's largest fully steerable single-dish radio telescope. It is intended to operate at 300 MHz to 117 GHz. The construction of the antenna project is under the leadership of the Xinjiang Astronomical Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.[1][2]

The radio telescope site selection team considered 48 candidate locations throughout Xinjiang. The chosen site for the facility is in the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains, near Shihezi village, Banjiegou Town, about 46 km (straight-line distance) south-south-east of the Qitai county seat (Qitai Town). The mountain ridges surrounding the site are supposed to provide some protection from electromagnetic noise. The authorities propose designating a radio quiet zone (a 10 km by 15 km rectangle, much smaller than the United States National Radio Quiet Zone) around the future facility.[3]

Also, there is QES-China optical survey telescope installed in Astroshell dome.


The main goals of the QTT include imaging of pulsars, stellar formation, and the large-scale radio structure of the universe.[3][2]

Similar fully steerable telescopes


  1. "QTT Specification". QTT International Advisory Workshop. Retrieved 2013-04-08.
  2. 1 2 Na, Wang (May 2013). QiTai Radio Telescope. The Second China-U.S. Workshop on Radio Astronomy Science and Technology. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  3. 1 2 "QTT Project Proposal". Proceeds of the Xinjiang Astronomical Observatory. 2012.
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