Currently, SHAO is equipped with 25m radio telescope, 1.56m reflector, 60cm satellite laser ranging system (SLR), GPS receiver and hydrogen atomic time and frequency system. A new 65m radio telescope is under construction in She Shan station, which will be the largest fully steerable radio telescope in China and shall play important role in radio astronomy and China’s deep space exploration.
Numerical simulation has been one of the most important tools of astronomical research in SHAO. Presently, SHAO has a number of high performance computational facilities, including a SGI Altix 4700, Altix 350, IBM Linux Cluster. Altix 4700 and IBM Cluster have 64 and 112CPUs, respectively. SHAO also runs more than 40 servers, 200 PCs, all are linked through network. The total capabilities of computation exceed 10000 billions.
Two Key Laboratories have been established in 2008. One is the Key Laboratory in Galaxies an Cosmology of the CAS, theother is the Shanghai Key Laboratory of Space Navigation and Position Techniques.