Space power China to build ground stations on Antarctica to support satellites

BEIJING, 3rd February, 2023 (WAM) -- China, only the third country to put a man in space after the Soviet Union and the United States, is to build ground stations on Antarctica to back its network of ocean monitoring satellites, Reuters said on Thursday.

China Aerospace Science and Technology Group Co. is to build the stations at the Zhongshan research base, one of two permanent Chinese research stations on Antarctica, after winning the tender with its 43.95 million yuan ($6.53 million) bid, state-controlled China Space News reported.

No technical details of the project were given in the report, though China Space News published two accompanying illustrations of an artist's rendering that shows four ground stations at Zhongshan, located by Prydz Bay in East Antarctica, south of the Indian Ocean.

The project was part of broader initiatives aimed at building China's marine economy and turning China into a marine power, according to China Space News.