Title China unveils plans for x-ray satellite to probe most violent corners of the universe Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet Science Media type Web Country/Territory United States Date 07/03/2018 Description China is raising the stakes in its bid to become a major player in space science. At a kick-off meeting in Beijing last week, China's National Space Science Center, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), began detailed design studies for a satellite that would round out an array of orbiting platforms for probing x-rays from the most violent corners of the cosmos.
The enhanced X-Ray Timing and Polarimetry (eXTP) mission would be China's most ambitious space science satellite yet—and its most expensive, with an estimated price tag of $473 million. To pull it off, China is assembling a collaboration involving more than 200 scientists so far from dozens of institutions in 20 countries. If the eXTP mission passes a final review next year, it would launch around 2025.
Producer/Author Dennis Normile URL www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/03/china-unveils-plans-x-ray-satellite-probe-most-violent-corners-universe Persons Paul Ray, Shuangnan Zhang, Thomas Maccarone, Andrea Santangelo, Fangjun LU, Søren Brandt