Chinese scientists study viability of manned radar station on the moon



[ Editor’s note: I’m sure we’ve all heard the various conspiracy theories surrounding the moon and the Apollo missions. For me, the most intriguing part is the abrupt end of those missions – the program was scrapped with three planned missions still unflown, the remaining Saturn V rockets were scrapped, unused. Why did things come to an abrupt halt? Why have we never been back to the moon since December 1972?

The official reason given was budget cuts coupled with a story that the moon was a lifeless ball of rock, very boring and not worth further highly expensive exploration.

I am very skeptical about that story, I believe there must be other reasons that we have not been told.

One story that keeps cropping up is that there is an alien base on the moon and NASA were warned off. I have no idea if this is correct, but I am sure that there is something about the moon that is being hidden from us. There are many disinfo operators who talk about the moon, such as CIA asset Richard Hoagland. I like to use a simple maxim – if they employ disinfo agents then they are hiding somethingIan ]


South China Morning Post
Chinese scientists study viability of manned radar station on the moon

China has commissioned a group of scientists to study the feasibility of building a manned radar station on the moon, but many experts on the mainland have questioned the potentially massive cost of the project and the usefulness of building such a base.

The government project was launched earlier this year and received kick-start funding of 16 million yuan (HK$18.7 million) from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, according to its website.

A radar station on the moon could scan a much wider area than a satellite. Illustration: Guo Huadong

The proposed facility, which may include quarters for astronauts and a powerful radar antenna array at least 50 metres high, could monitor wider areas of our planet than existing satellites, according to scientists involved in the study.

The base, which would be used for scientific research and defence monitoring, could also produce more powerful and clearer images of earth as the high-frequency microwaves emitted by the radar station could not only penetrate cloud, but also the earth’s surface, allowing it to monitor areas on land, under the sea and underground.


Leading space scientists in China have joined the radar station project.

The team held a two-day brainstorming session at the Fragrant Hill Hotel in Beijing last month.

Those taking part included Yan Jun, the director of the National Astronomical Observatories; Professor Lin Yangting, a planetary researcher whose team discovered evidence of coal-like carbon in an asteroid; and senior scientists from China’s unmanned lunar exploration missions.

The team leader is Professor Guo Huadong, a top radar technology expert at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

This 2014 photo was taken by China’s Chang’e lunar probe as it descended onto the surface of the moon. China is paying increasing attention to lunar projects. Photo: Reuters

Guo initially proposed the moon-based radar station in a research paper in the journal Science China Earth Sciences three years ago.

He suggested the moon had numerous advantages over satellites or a space station as an earth observation platform, including stability and the unlimited durability of any complex on the lunar surface.

The data collected by lunar radar would help with a wide range of scientific research issues such as monitoring extreme weather conditions, global earthquake activity, agricultural production and the collapse of the polar ice caps, he wrote.

To generate high intensity radio beams that could reach earth, the radar station would need an enormous amount of power so a solar or nuclear power plant would have to be built, Guo said in the paper.

The radar would generate at least 1.4 gigabytes of data each second, a volume far exceeding the bandwidth of current long-distance space communications technology, but this would not be a problem if the station was manned by astronauts who could process the information on site, he added.

Guo gave no precise estimate on costs for the project, but cautioned it would be “very expensive”. He did not respond to requests for comment.

Many researchers interviewed by the South China Morning Post, however, expressed scepticism about the scheme, arguing it was a waste of money, time and human resources.

“It’s a lunatic idea,” said one mainland space scientist informed of the project, but not directly involved.

The cost of building such as a large scale facility on the moon would be “higher than filling the sky with a constellation of spy satellites”, which could “do the same job at only a fraction of the cost”, said the scientist, who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue.

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Professor Zhou Yiguo, a radar technology researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Electronics, said the distance between the moon and earth, 10 times further than the highest orbiting satellites, would cause enormous technological challenges.

“Either the radar has to be extremely powerful, or the antenna extremely large, otherwise it won’t be able to pick up the radio waves bouncing back from the earth,” he said.

“It is an important subject of research, but whether its advantage over satellite constellations can adjust the high cost and risk will need careful evaluation,” he added.

The lunar radar project comes as China shows signs of wanting to play a leading role in a renewed race to the moon, according to some space experts.

The design of a giant rocket the same size as the Saturn V in the US Apollo missions will be completed by 2020 to pave way for large scale activities in space including a “manned moon landing”, according to a scientific and technological innovation plan announced by the central government earlier this month.

China’s scientific authorities appear optimistic about the prospects for the lunar radar base, despite the concerns voiced by some experts.

Chai Yucheng, executive deputy president of the national science foundation, said at a meeting with the project team in April that the moon-based observational facility played a key role in China’s future scientific blueprint.

The government expects a “significant breakthrough” in the scheme by 2020 when the deadline comes for the team to submit its final report, Chai was quoted as saying on the Chinese Academy of Sciences website.

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  1. Sooo anyway… how do you actually land on the fricken moon..??

    I mean how do you actually slow down to make a safe landing, bearing in mind that there’s no atmosphere to provide some friction against a parachute. Also remember your space shit.. sorry, space ship is travelling faster than a bullet. Where does the fuel/energy come from to slow it’s speed down?

    All ignorant comments welcome…. ha…

  2. It’s a subject I have studied in depth and sadly, it is probably the hardest subject in which to get straight answers. About Apollo, there are a number of technologies that were used that are still in the black world, that is why NASA has been so obfuscational about many aspects. However, that is not to say that the narrative of Apollo going to the moon is accurate, there are still many unknowns and things being hidden from us.

  3. Is it possible the “Van Allen Radiation Belt” is the dome? With my limited, and corrupted vision I have always thought of the dome as a “glass dome, or astro dome”. Something like that. Something man made. Is there any historical, physical description of “the dome”? I don’t believe there is. However when I think of the Van Allen Belt as “the dome”, suddenly many questions are answered, and pieces of the puzzle come together. Try it

    • Do you actually posess a brain? The sun rises and sets every day unless you are in the far north. You should have known that answer. Sheesh….

  4. I was afraid to bring this up until I eead the comments. But? How do we get such great pictures of the earth when it is spinning at 1000 mph? “Ah I couldn’t tell you”. “Things were all a blur that day.” “It’s always a daylight picture too.””Well, the job’s 9 to 5. dummy”. Anyone up for a game of physics? Big Bang? Or Big Bucks? “WTF over.”

    • There is no technical reason why you couldn’t take a sharp picture of the Earth from space, the earth is not spinning fast therefore even a modestly fast shutter speed would freeze it’s motion.

  5. Hey if the USA (grifters) were to fund a moon study group the cost to tax payers, maybe $500 million. Just a guess. $500 mil to train 3 moderate (Syrian?) fighters was a bargain. No public kick back. Move along folks. Nothing going on here. Our F35? $1 billion each. Russian Sukov 32 fighter bomber, $50 mill. Currency valuation? “Hey A__hole! I said move along!” Just thinking. “And that means no thinking either. Get moving before I…..!”

  6. Edward, there is a secret space program. Steven Greer may be a dark horse to be wary of, but he certainly came up with some credible witnesses. NASA has been airbrushing out those structures on the moon for the past forty years. The Chinese are no fools. They know the impact of this veiled threat of an all-encompassing eye in the sky that others may have there already.

  7. With respect Mr Greenhalgh , could you please explain why you think Richard C Hoagland is a CIA asset . I have heard this said before by other people but no explanation has been forthcoming. Maybe you can put me right as I have always followed what Mr Hoagland has to say with great interest. If there is something I should know could you please tell me, as I like to have both sides of a story.

  8. I challenge the staff at VT to debunk the flat earth, if anyone can, it is you guys. And don’t give me no BS about pictures from space. We only have one (for some mysterious reason) and it is definitely faked by the astronauts as you can tell from the audio.

    My suggestion, if the editorial staff disagrees with the flat earth, is that you debate Rob Skiba or Mark Sargent, the truther experts on the subject.

    I thought it was ridiculous myself, until I looked into the matter.

    • A reply to David Vaughn. David I never gave much thought to the Flat Earth theory so I thought I would check out Mark Sargent . I watched all of the short videos and all I can say is WOW ! I`M TOTALLY HOOKED. TALK ABOUT HAVING YOUR EYES OPENED. I intend to delve deeper. Thanks

    • The Earth is not flat. End of discussion. The whole flat earth nonsense is a psyop designed to waste people’s time with nonsense.

    • The earth is not flat, I don’t know where to start debunking it as none of the arguments make any logical sense to me. The Concorde example is a good one.

  9. One of the hottest movements on YouTube is the Flat Earth covered with a dome, so far no one has debunked it. Anyone can test the curvature of the earth, remember when you were told it is proven by a ship sailing out of sight? Well guess what that is something called Perspective, and basically the distance at which our vision gives out. But you take a zoom lens, you can see much an object which should be way around the curvature but is not.

    Trust me, I thought it would be easily debunked, but so far, it hasn’t been. Before you cast stones, check it out.

    • I am aching to repeat that experiment. It seems that it is something you could do in the ‘long canal of England’
      Guess I might go there next Holiday.

    • Show us a picture of this curvature, I was at the top of Pikes Peak earlier this year and didn’t notice a curve to the earth.

      Like I said, it would be nice if somebody could actually debunk the theory, so far nobody has.

      If you think you can, please do. A picture from a mountain you can climb in 15 minutes ought to do the trick.

    • To David Vaughn. David I suppose the Flat Earth could be proved one way or another by a plane flying across that part of Antarctica where no one is allowed to go. Now that would be interesting.

    • If the Earth is flat, every land surveyor, cartographer, etc is in on the spheroidal shape scam, which is whole lot of people for a conspiracy.

  10. They went there. Somehow. With “outside” technical help. Neil Armstrong probably realized after a while. But others suffered from more permanent bad memory. But they were indeed warned off. The Russians know this and respect this. The Chinese have yet to find out. Or will put their bets on their own “outside” allies.

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