05 March 2019
An army of robots will assist with the daily operation and maintenance of FAST, the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, in Guizhou Province, said Lin Hao, Deputy Head of the province’s Science and Technology Department. Lin said the department has secured support from the Ministry of Science and Technology to develop an intelligent operational system, to be jointly created by top teams across the country. The robots will perform a broad range of tasks, including weed control on the slope and automatic interference detection.
The central government will earmark no less than 50 million yuan for the project, which will also receive additional support from Guizhou.