• China to launch X-ray pulsar navigation Satellite Next Month


    China plans to launch an X-ray pulsar navigation satellite next month to test autonomous spacecraft navigation, the country's Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) Fifth Academy said today. X-ray pulsar navigation is an innovative navigation technique in which periodic X-ray signals emitted from pulsars are used to determine the location of a spacecraft in deep space, said Shuai Ping, chief system designer of the satellite.


    The satellite (XPNAV-1), developed…


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